Although correlational studies showed that Instagram use is associated with negative outcomes related to body image (Feerick, 2021), experiments are scarce. !is study examined the effects of being appreciated on Instagram (numbers of Likes) and knowing whether or not the physical appearance of a person in an Instagram image has been altered (Disclaimer)—on women’s self-awareness, body dissatisfaction, and social physique anxiety. It was used a 2x2 between participants design in which the number of Likes and the image disclaimer were manipulated. Participants were 201 Italian women (M=22; SD=3.69), randomly assigned to different conditions. Findings showed that participants exposed to an Instagram image with many Likes reported higher body dissatisfaction and social physique anxiety (vs. few Likes condition). An interaction effect between the Disclaimer and the number of Likes emerged. When many Likes were associated with an Instagram image, the presence of a Disclaimer reduced women’s self-awareness. These findings suggest that increased media literacy training could be advantageous for young women. Specifically, in the presence of socially accepted Instagram images, providing information about digital enhancements could reduce the attentional focus about one’s own appearance.

The Body Keeps The Social: The Role Of Instagram On Body Image And Its Related Outcomes Among Young Italian Women / Cristian di Gesto; Giulia Rosa Policardo. - ELETTRONICO. - (2022), pp. 1259-1259. ((Intervento presentato al convegno XXX Congresso AIP (tutte le sezioni) tenutosi a Padova nel 27-30 settembre 2022.

The Body Keeps The Social: The Role Of Instagram On Body Image And Its Related Outcomes Among Young Italian Women

Cristian di Gesto;Giulia Rosa Policardo
2022

Abstract

Although correlational studies showed that Instagram use is associated with negative outcomes related to body image (Feerick, 2021), experiments are scarce. !is study examined the effects of being appreciated on Instagram (numbers of Likes) and knowing whether or not the physical appearance of a person in an Instagram image has been altered (Disclaimer)—on women’s self-awareness, body dissatisfaction, and social physique anxiety. It was used a 2x2 between participants design in which the number of Likes and the image disclaimer were manipulated. Participants were 201 Italian women (M=22; SD=3.69), randomly assigned to different conditions. Findings showed that participants exposed to an Instagram image with many Likes reported higher body dissatisfaction and social physique anxiety (vs. few Likes condition). An interaction effect between the Disclaimer and the number of Likes emerged. When many Likes were associated with an Instagram image, the presence of a Disclaimer reduced women’s self-awareness. These findings suggest that increased media literacy training could be advantageous for young women. Specifically, in the presence of socially accepted Instagram images, providing information about digital enhancements could reduce the attentional focus about one’s own appearance.
Book of Abstract 30º Congresso dell’ Associazione Italiana di Psicologia
XXX Congresso AIP (tutte le sezioni)
Padova
27-30 settembre 2022
Cristian di Gesto; Giulia Rosa Policardo
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