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Me, my selfie, and I: The relationship between editing and posting selfies and body dissatisfaction in men and women


Lonergan, AR and Bussey, K and Mond, J and Brown, O and Griffiths, S and Murray, SB and Mitchison, D, Me, my selfie, and I: The relationship between editing and posting selfies and body dissatisfaction in men and women, Body Image, 28 pp. 39-43. ISSN 1740-1445 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2018.12.001


Factors that promote versus protect against body dissatisfaction remain unclear. Social media may be a risk factor, particularly given ubiquitous engagement among young people, and the pervasive use of "selfies." Conversely, self-compassion has received attention as a protective factor against body dissatisfaction. This study examined: (a) the relationships between "manipulation" of selfies posted online, "investment" in others’ responses to selfies, and body dissatisfaction; and (b) whether self-compassion moderated the relationships between social media variables and body dissatisfaction. Results from 184 Australian men (n = 89) and women (n = 95) suggested that social media variables photo manipulation and investment were associated with greater body dissatisfaction for both genders. Self-compassion did not moderate these relationships. Findings suggest that manipulation and concern about selfies posted may be risk correlates for body dissatisfaction in men and women. Further research is needed to investigate protective factors against body dissatisfaction in an online environment.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:body image, gender, selfies, self-compassion, social media
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Mond, J (Dr Jon Mond)
ID Code:130355
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:66
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2019-01-22
Last Modified:2019-12-06

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