Insecurities young people have about their bodies are often exacerbated by unrealistic content on social media.
Adolescence is a time of heightened vulnerability around body image. Instagram's policy to stop teens viewing posts advertising weight loss 'solutions' and cosmetic procedures is socially responsible.
What people read online could really disrupt society and politics.
The Russians won’t be alone in spreading disinformation in 2020. Their most likely imitator will be Iran. Also, Instagram could get even more infected with intentional misinformation than it has been.
Data from England has found no link between increased social media use and a rise in diagnosed eating disorders.
A screen shot of @Instagram’s social media feed.
What is the impact of Instagram's recent decision to remove its 'like' counter?
Rules against celebrity endorsements of medicines are there to protect consumers – it doesn't matter how many followers influencers have.
Not enough likes? Not a nice feeling.
Instagram's experimental move to hide the 'like' count on social media postings could lighten the mental strain for many users - or simply turn comments into the new likes.
A ‘revenge body’ is built to show someone how well you are doing without them. With the advent of social media the phenomenon is increasingly popular.
The 'revenge body' was once the domain of celebrity gossip. But with the advent of social media, anyone can publicly display a 'new' body post break-up.
Not everyone possesses the skills to draw a cartoon, but pretty much anyone can make a meme.
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With sharp political commentary just as likely to be found on Tumblr as in the pages of the Times, why aren’t the best internet memes being published in the nation's top periodicals?
The body plays a crucial role in Instagram influencers’ selfies.
A study of Instagram influencers has found most employ a highly sexualised aesthetic drawn from mainstream adult film. And many are subject to sexual harassment, ranging from aggressive comments to physical threats.
Documents show tobacco companies have marketed their products to young people.
Tobacco companies are enlisting the help of social media influencers to promote traditional cigarettes and their brands to young people.
It is possible to limit your bombardment with images of bodies that feel way out of reach – so choose wisely who you follow.
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Do your Instagram viewing habits trigger joy or guilt? New research shows that viewing body positive content may actually improve women's body image – at least in the short term.
In search of support?
Young people turn to social media for support and encouragement, when society fails to help.
Footballer Mesut Özil posted this striking #10yearchallenge meme on Twitter.
For those who still consider memes like the #10yearchallenge as harmless and innocent information sharing perhaps it's time to reconsider.
‘Say cheese so I can show all my friends how cute you are – and unwittingly show corporations your age, race and gender!’
Parents have engaged in forms of 'sharenting' for generations. The digital age has complicated things, but while critics make some valid points, they're not seeing the forest for the trees.
Sometimes faking it on Instagram is just fine.
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Consuming too much social media when users end up comparing their lives to others more glamorous can leave one with bad feelings say researchers. But pretending or fantasizing is not all bad either.
People ride Bird scooters – without helmets – in Santa Monica, California.
Motorized scooters that can travel up to 15 miles per hour have soared in popularity over the past year, as have concerns about their safety.
Roxy Jacenko and daughter Pixie (centre) at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in 2016. Pixie’s Instagram account has more than 100,000 followers and she has a signature line of hair bows.
A growing number of parents are making money out of their children by turning them into social media celebrities. But the chimera of corporate branding is no antidote for lives lived in precarious times.
Many teenagers have stopped using Facebook and have gravitated instead to image-sharing platforms like Instagram.
Teens – especially wealthier ones – are walking away from Facebook, towards picture-centric social media.
‘Someone likes me.’
Many of us complain about the stress of being 'always on' – here's what life could be like, if you actually disconnected.
It's worth noting some key points about copyright and ownership before signing up to social media sites like Instagram.