Study: Facebook makes people feel fat

Facebook's new timeline adding to weight worries

Published On: Apr 03 2012 10:54:28 AM EDT

Facebook users feel fat, and more than half of users are more aware of what their scales tell them after viewing photos on the social networking site. Researchers said Facebook's new Timeline is adding to users' weight apprehension.

These are some of the conclusions from a new survey released by The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt in Baltimore.
Researchers found Facebook users are more self-conscious because they see pictures of themselves more often.

The study

The study found this made people more aware of their appearance, and more self-conscious, especially about their weight and general body size.

The results

Of those surveyed, 51 percent reported that seeing photos of themselves and others on Facebook made them more conscious of their weight. The survey included people ages 16 to 40, so researchers say the results extend far beyond adolescent years.
Survey takers admitted they spend a lot of time analyzing their bodies, and the bodies of others. Thirty-two percent said they feel sad when comparing Facebook photos of themselves to their friends' photos, and 44 percent said they wished they had the same body or weight as a friend when looking at photos.