Body Image
Amanda Harripersaud
Eng 1108 – 03, Professor Synstelien
Inver Hills Community College
What Do These Images Mean?
• I am going an informative research project for my English 110803 class. It is a semester long research project. The topic I chose
to research is body image and how it effects young girls when
they see ads on the internet. I chose this topic because I think it is
an interesting topic and I would love to see if a correlation
between social media and negative body image exists.
Social Media has influenced how teenagers visualize their own body
Mind Map
In the top left and right corners are the Facebook logos which most
teenagers are very familiar with. On the middle right is a picture of a
young girl who looks in the mirror. She is very skinny in reality
however when she looks in the mirror she sees something completely
different and sees herself as chubby. In the bottom picture in the
middle there is a graph about how kids of different ages think of
themselves.. There was a test done to see what kindergartners, first
graders, and second graders thought about themselves They either
wanted to look like Barbie or Emmy. Most of the kids chose Barbie.
Paragraph Summarizing Paper Dev.
Body image is the visual way people see themselves physically.
Teenagers are young girls from the ages of 12-21.
Social media is used for communication and entertainment
purposes where people can exchange information for both
social and professional reasons.
Facebook is a website where people can make a profile
including information about themselves and post pictures.
People can interact and talk to each other using this website.
Influence is a thing having the capacity to make a huge change.
Before social media people would see beautiful models or
actors and actresses on television or even in magazines. Body
image resolved around how the models and actors looked and
most young girls looked up to these beautiful people as people
to look up to. Body image has been around for centuries. For
western culture it is expected to look beautiful, have hair and
makeup done, as well as being skinny. Social media began in
the 1990’s with sites such as sex degrees and
People began using these sites to talk to other people and stare
at pictures. Facebook has become one of the most used
websites in the world. People are using social media more and
more and the roles of body image are really sticking out. People
aren't staring at a magazine for a couple of seconds or driving
past a billboard anymore. People are physically staring at a
computer screen for hours on end looking at pictures.
The theory driving my researching this term is that society
influences body image by Paul Schilder. Paul Schilder is the
man who came up with what the concept of body image really
is. He was a psychiatrist who looked at how people think
mentally and how it connects to society. His belief was that
body image begins with an infant that takes and blends
personalities from other people to make their own personality.
He believed that boding with other people changes a persons
view on how they view themselves. He was able to prove that
society is the main aspect that shapes who a person becomes.
Cause and Effect
Social media effects body image because it causes people to stare at
pictures on Facebook for hours on end. Facebook is an addictive
website and people end up sitting on the computer staring for hours.
Facebook has ads on the sides where they advertise diet pills and have
various other ads with women in bikinis. This effects teenage girls
because they are constantly staring at the task of bettering their body
image to societies expected norm of being thin.
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