Social media and body image: Recent trends and future directions

Laura Vandenbosch, Jasmine Fardouly, Marika Tiggemann

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This review presents recent trends in social media and body image research, with a particular focus on different social media platforms, features unique to social media, and potentially positive content for body image. First, it was found that visual platforms (e.g. Instagram) were more dysfunctional for body image than more textual platforms (e.g. Facebook). Second, taking and editing (but not posting) selfies resulted in negative effects on body image. Positive comments intensified the effects of exposure to idealized content. Third, of the forms of potentially positive content examined in recent research (i.e. fitspiration, disclaimer labels, and body positivity), only body positivity content had a positive effect on body image. Recommendations for future research are offered.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101289
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Psychology
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


  • Body image
  • Body positivity
  • Objectification
  • Social comparison
  • Social media


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