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    This is a general discussion about whether you believe the media (newspapers, magazines etc) and social media cause us to be more shallow about physical appearances?

    Do newspapers and gossip columns in particular go too far with their body shaming and do they contribute to a very narrow view of attractiveness and issues like bullying, low self esteem and mental disorders such as body dysmorphia, anorexia etc?

    Does anyone feel particularly strongly about this and if so, why?
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    I feel social media has made us much more narcissistic and insecure. Selfie culture is sickening and it's only getting worse as new social media companies come up with more ridiculous ideas.

    Then, you have literally everybody getting on the fitness bandwagon documenting every aspect of their 'fitness journey' - fueled by 'fitspo'. Men and women in great shape, I'm sure. But butt lift and boob jobs are rampant in the 'fitness' world. Unrealistic expectations for men aren't covered enough, either.

    I'm sure this has an impact on body dysmorphia.
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    As being shallow is often comparing a person to the considered "ideal," I suppose the media - as the insititution, in my opinion at least, that creates this "ideal" - could be argued to be a cause shallowness within society.

    Also, I definitely believe the media and eating disorders / self-esteem issues / the like have a lot of links. As well as the fact it's the media that creates this "ideal" people covet, New Media has also allowed access to things like pro-ana and exposure to that.
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    (Original post by acupofgreentea)
    As being shallow is often comparing a person to the considered "ideal," I suppose the media - as the insititution, in my opinion at least, that creates this "ideal" - could be argued to be a cause shallowness within society.

    Also, I definitely believe the media and eating disorders / self-esteem issues / the like have a lot of links. As well as the fact it's the media that creates this "ideal" people covet, New Media has also allowed access to things like pro-ana and exposure to that.
    I had a quick google.

    That is absolutely vile.
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    (Original post by hezzlington)
    I had a quick google.

    That is absolutely vile.
    It's awful.

    The worst part is pro-ana has been around on the internet for years - since before I'd even hit my teens - and is still around, which means it doesn't seem to be an internet phase-type thing. As far as I know, internet providers have tried to crack down on it, but sites find loopholes in saying they're not encouraging eatings disorders, merely providing a place of support for those who already suffer from them (although how sites that provide places for users to have "competitions" with each other can argue that is beyond me). Also, Tumblr seem more intent on cracking down on porngraphic material than the scarily big pro-ana community on there.

    I do think it all interlinks, too - you're taught this "ideal," you feel you have to achieve it and then, on the internet, you have websites telling you you can achieve that ideal if you engage in eating disorder behaviours. There are so many who have developed actual eating disorders after having found these sites, too.

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    no, human beings are shallow.
 
 
 
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