For my first online learning journal I read the article titled The Relationship Between Posting and Photo Manipulation Activities on Social Networking Sites and Internalization of a Tanned Ideal Among Australian Adolescents and Young Adults (Mingoia, Hutchinson, Gleaves & Wilson, 2019). This article appealed to me to read as I am a person with fair to pale skin and I would consider myself an active user of social networking sites.
The article highlighted that of the sample group close to 86% of adolescents used a filter to alter their appearance while 23% darkened their skins appearance (Mingoia et al. 2019) These statistics startled me as I reflected on young Australian’s and our harsh Australian sun. Furthermore the article stated that adolescents, on average for the sample group, were receiving one extra hour of sun per day. While girls have a significantly higher rate of using social networking sites and altering their photos; the discussion around body image is highlighted. Are girls who are using social networking sites more frequently at a higher risk of developing mental health illnesses associated with body image due to seeing such a distorted view of society? This was discussed within the later part of the article, stating that young people spend a long time choosing the photo due to the risk of comparison to those around them.
An earlier article from 2017 (Mingoia, Hutchinson, Gleaves, Corsini & Wilson, 2017), found that young adolescents and young adults posting sun exposed photos on social media was associated with deliberate sun exposure. As a reader, I began to question the long term effects this will have on our young people and adolescents. If deliberate sun exposure within Australian youth is higher due to social media will this in turn have a long term impact on cancer rates?
This article provided some interesting points and highlighted some interested questions for Australian Youth. Did you read the article and have a different opinion?
Mingoia, J., Hutchinson, A. D., Gleaves, D. H., Corsini, N., & Wilson, C. (2017). Use of social networking sites and associations with skin tone dissatisfaction, sun exposure, and sun protection in a sample of Australian adolescents. Psychology & Health, 32, 1502–1517. doi:10.1080/08870446.2017.134 7788
Mingoia, J., Hutchinson, A. D., Gleaves, D. H., & Wilson, C. (2019). The Relationship Between Posting and Photo Manipulation Activities on Social Networking Sites and Internalization of a Tanned Ideal Among Australian Adolescents and Young Adults. Social Media + Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305118820419