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Can Tackling Harmful Social Media Content Help Body Image?

Facebook and Instagram are considering removing the number of likes on a photo in order to make the platform a safer and healthier place for all who use it. They are currently running a test on the platform among Canadian users, in an attempt to shift the focus from the amount of “likes” to the actual photo or video itself.

Social Media Summit

Canada might not be the only country to see a change in social media practices. In the United Kingdom, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has requested executives at Facebook and Instagram attend an upcoming summit to discuss cracking down on harmful content on social media. The UK summit aims to make these tech companies more responsible for the content they display and its impact on young people specifically, who make up the largest percentage of social media users.

Social Media and Eating Disorders

As discussed on a previous blog post, studies show that social media users between the ages of 18 and 25 can have increased body image issues due to harmful and misleading content on these platforms. Social media can be full of triggers that can be harmful to teens and lead to depression, anxiety and eating disorders.

Positive Potential

Social media isn’t all bad. There are alot of groups on social media that focus on body positivity and addiction recovery and provide a safe space for people to connect with one another. It is important that people are seeing how these tools can affect us – both in positive and negative ways, and constantly work on creating social media platforms that are safe for people of all ages.

Turning Point of Tampa’s goal is to always provide a safe environment and a solid foundation in 12-Step recovery, in tandem with quality individual therapy and groups. We have been offering Licensed Residential Treatment for Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders and Dual Diagnosis in Tampa since 1987. If you need help or know someone who does, please contact our admissions department at 813-882-3003, 800-397-3006 or admissions@tpoftampa.com.