A lot of studies of this kind have already taken place
This study is far from the first of its kind. In December, an Australian survey of 996 teenagers of both sexes showed that many Snapchat and Instagram users tend to skip meals and do excessive exercise to lose weight or avoid gaining weight.
“One of the key elements in preventing eating disorders is getting the message across that our self-esteem needs to be defined by a combination of our skills, values, and relationships,” says the researcher, who asks parents to take responsibility. Parents play an important role in their children’s early use of social networks: “Previous research has shown that controlling the time spent on networks is associated with greater life satisfaction among prepubescent girls and boys,” explained the researchers at the time.
In 2016, a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics linked social network dependency to anorexia, bulimia and other eating and body image disorders. Based on a cross-analysis of two questionnaires completed by almost 2,000 young adults, the most connected individuals are twice as likely to be at risk, regardless of age, income or gender.