Social media is not real: The effect of ‘Instagram vs reality’ images on women’s social comparison and body image

@article{Tiggemann2020SocialMI,
  title={Social media is not real: The effect of ‘Instagram vs reality’ images on women’s social comparison and body image},
  author={Marika Tiggemann and Isabella Anderberg},
  journal={New Media \& Society},
  year={2020},
  volume={22},
  pages={2183 - 2199}
}
One recent trend on Instagram consists of posting ‘Instagram vs reality’ images containing side-by-side photographs of the same woman, one an idealized depiction and the other a more natural depiction. This study aimed to experimentally investigate the effect of such images on body image. Participants were 305 women aged 18–30 years who were randomly assigned to view one of three sets of Instagram images: ‘Instagram vs reality’ images, the ‘ideal’ side alone or the ‘real’ side alone. As… 

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