Is Facebook responsible for body issues?

Today I was reading an article on Jezebel  titled “Blame Facebook Photo Tagging For Your Weird Body Issues.” According to a recent study, photo tagging over facebook can make us develop insecurities about our bodies due to spending excessive time online. Facebook doesn’t only make people more conscious of their bodies, and every “flaw” they can find, but it also can make folks feel as if they MUST be in a photo every time they attend a social event. Almost half of the people who took the survey claimed that they feel pressured to be “camera ready” when going out to a party or social gathering. More than half of the people who took the survey reported that their friends facebook posts and photos make them jealous! I never really thought about it, but for some people, facebook gets competitive! Instead of using it as a way to keep up with friends and share, it has become a competition, to get the most “likes” on your photo or status. Dr. Harry Brandt, director for The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, says: “Facebook is making it easier for people to spend more time and energy criticizing their own bodies and wishing they looked like someone else. In this age of modern technology and constant access to SmartPhones and the internet, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for people to remove themselves from images and other triggers that promote negative body image, low self-esteem and may ultimately contribute to eating disorders.” I find this very interesting, and somewhat true! I have found myself looking through someones photos on a social networking site, wishing I could look like them. What do you think about this? Do you agree? Comment below and let me know!

Photo from google images!

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Upcoming events in Santa Barbara!

There are some local events coming up soon if anyone is interested! This Saturday, February 18th, there will be a GSA (Gay straight alliance) picnic at Goleta Beach starting at 12:00 pm. Anyone is welcome! It will be a great way to have fun and get to know each other!

Another upcoming event is the Occupy festival at De La Guerra Plaza! It is also on Saturday, February 18th and it will start at 11 am and end at 9! It will be a celebration of direct democracy and 4 months of resistance to the corporate rule. There will be live music and performances, free food and coffee, and workshops! There will be a free market and we will be playing games! We will be creating banners, signs, and more! It will be a LOT of fun so I hope to see all of you there!

There will also be the 5th Annual Women’s Fesival on March 9 and 10th at Santa Barbara City College. It is in honor of Women’s Day on March 8th! The event takes place to celebrate the accomplishments of women and the rights we have gained over the years! Remember, you don’t have to be a woman to be a supporter of equal rights! I hope ya’ll can make it! It will be 9 am-6 pm.

I will let you all know about any other upcoming events in the community! Thank you!