Social Media: The Influence of Social Media on Body Image in Men

Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date

April 2017

Faculty Sponsor

Mary Pritchard


Social media has become a pervasive component of many college students’ lives. It is essential to understand how time spent on social media affects men’s health. Although media has been a topic of interest amongst researchers, little efforts have surrounded the impact of social media (i.e., Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram) on aspects of mental health. Additionally, little research has focused on the effects of social media on male college students’ health. This paper analyzes aspects of social media usage using the Social Comparison Theory (SCT) as a guiding conceptual framework. By using the SCT as a framework I analyze: anxiety, body dissatisfaction and drive for muscularity in college students, with males as the primary group of focus. The goal is to increase awareness of the ramifications of prolonged usage of social media.

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