NetGirls: The Internet, Facebook, and body image concern in adolescent girls
Article first published online: 25 MAY 2013
Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 46, Issue 6, pages 630–633, September 2013
How to Cite
Tiggemann, M. and Slater, A. (2013), NetGirls: The Internet, Facebook, and body image concern in adolescent girls. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 46: 630–633. doi: 10.1002/eat.22141
- Issue published online: 23 AUG 2013
- Article first published online: 25 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 APR 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 9 APR 2013
- Australian Research Council Discovery Project. Grant Number: DP0986623
- media exposure;
- body image;
- drive for thinness;
The primary aim of the study was to examine the relationship between Internet exposure and body image concern in adolescent girls, with a particular focus on the social networking site of Facebook.
A sample of 1,087 girls in the first two years (Years 8 and 9) of high school (aged 13–15 years) completed questionnaire measures of Internet consumption and body image concerns.
The overwhelming majority of girls (95.9%) had access to the Internet in their home. Time spent on the Internet was significantly related to internalization of the thin ideal, body surveillance, and drive for thinness. Further, 75% of the girls had a Facebook profile, and spent an average of 1.5 hours there daily. Facebook users scored significantly more highly on all body image concern measures than non-users.
It was concluded that the Internet represents a potent socio-cultural medium of relevance to the body image of adolescent girls. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2013; 46:630–633)