Today our Learning and behavior class presented their topics on their final paper in class. Senior student, Jamie DeFrank, discussed whether or not eating disorders and body dissatisfaction could be caused by social media. She discussed how social media is used daily and people are observing other peoples pictures that they post. Most pictures are focused on women’s bodies and the unrealistic beauty ideals that we see daily. She also questioned whether “likes” are a source of positive reinforcement for validity. Most celebrities and models get the most “likes” so Jamie feels that people who want to achieve the same amount of “likes” want to look like these models and celebrities which could potentially lead to eating disorders. In her presentation she also showed a variety of pictures from Instagram of celebrities and models and just how thin they all are.
Author: Jamie DeFrank (Senior Intern)