Title

Facebook, "Friend or Enemy?": Examining the relationship between Facebook use and body image

Author

Ji Won Kim

Date of Award

12-2013

Embargo Date

2014

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Media Studies

Advisor(s)

T. Makana Chock

Keywords

Body image, Social media

Subject Categories

Communication

Abstract

This study examined the correlations between Facebook usage and body image concerns. The focus of this study was to investigate whether Facebook usage, particularly the use of Facebook profiles would predict negative body image consequences, including body shame and desire for the ideal body (drive for thinness, drive for muscularity). Overall, results showed that Facebook usage (the Intensity of Facebook use, Facebook use for profile maintenance, Facebook use for social grooming) was correlated with higher levels of self-objectification and appearance comparison, greater body shame and drive for thinness, but not with the drive for muscularity. Also, the intervening roles of self-objectification and appearance comparison were found in this mechanism.

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