Social comparisons on social media

THE impact of Facebook on young women's body image concerns and mood

Jasmine Fardouly*, Phillippa C. Diedrichs, Lenny R. Vartanian, Emma Halliwell

*Corresponding author for this work

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The present study experimentally investigated the effect of Facebook usage on women's mood and body image, whether these effects differ from an online fashion magazine, and whether appearance comparison tendency moderates any of these effects. Female participants (. N=. 112) were randomly assigned to spend 10. min browsing their Facebook account, a magazine website, or an appearance-neutral control website before completing state measures of mood, body dissatisfaction, and appearance discrepancies (weight-related, and face, hair, and skin-related). Participants also completed a trait measure of appearance comparison tendency. Participants who spent time on Facebook reported being in a more negative mood than those who spent time on the control website. Furthermore, women high in appearance comparison tendency reported more facial, hair, and skin-related discrepancies after Facebook exposure than exposure to the control website. Given its popularity, more research is needed to better understand the impact that Facebook has on appearance concerns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-45
Number of pages8
JournalBody Image
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Facebook
  • social media
  • magazine
  • appearance-related social comparison
  • body image concerns
  • mood

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