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Types Of Body Dysmorphia In Children Connected to Social Media
Having body dysmorphic disorder means the victim focuses on his or her appearance and body image -- by repeatedly checking the mirror, constantly grooming, and seeking the reassurance of others -- sometimes for many hours each day. (Source: The Mayo Clinic)
Perceived flaws and repetitive behaviors cause the sufferer significant distress, and may impact his or her ability to function in daily life.
Sometimes, victims may seek out numerous cosmetic procedures to try to "fix" the perceived flaws.
Afterward, feelings of temporary satisfaction or a reduction in distress are often replaced by the same anxiety which leads to searching for other ways to fix the perceived flaw.
Intense body dysmorphia may lead to the following serious health conditions:
- Major depression or mood disorders;
- Suicidal ideations;
- Anxiety and social anxiety disorders;
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder;
- Eating disorders;
- Substance abuse; and,
- Other similar conditions
Reports Show How Social Media Use Is Harmful To Teens
Research and data in the following categories demonstrates the need for swift action:
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reveals that the percentage of adolescents aged 12-17 suffering a major depressive episode increased from an estimated 8% in 2010 to 15.7% in 2019
- An October 2020 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report revealed the percentage of high school students seriously contemplating self harm increased from 13.8% in 2009 to 18.8% in 2019
- Surgeon General Murthy’s advisement team cites early estimates that suggest more than 6,600 deaths occurred among the 10-24 age group in 2020
According to the findings:
- Of teens reporting self harm thoughts, 13% of British users and 6% of American users linked the issue to one specific social media site
- 32% of teen girls and 14% of boys confessed that social media made them feel worse about their bodies
- The key elements of the social media image sharing platform that potentially do the most damage are essential to the channels makeup
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