Low self-esteem among reasons body reveals social media posts, study finds
According to a reputable psychologist, low self-esteem is one of the reasons people use social media posts that reveal their bodies. Misinterpretations of body image and their complex psychological influence during the process of consumption and content creation are of serious concern, said Dr Manoj Kumar Sharma, a professor at the National Institute of Mental Health and Science neurological (NIMHANS). Sharma, a professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology, Service for Healthy Use of Technology at the NIMHANS Center for Well Being, is the corresponding author of a study titled, “Making the body public: Implications of the new standards of body,” which was recently published in the International Journal of Social Psychiatry.
“People with low self-esteem due to bad academics and other reasons use such body-revealing social media posts,” Dr. Sharma, who also runs the SHUT Clinic (Service for healthy use of technology) at NIMHANS. One such social influencer, who used to take selfies and post on social media, was depressed whenever she didn’t get “approvals” (read likes and comments), did he declare.
The study found that body-revealing videos have a problematic effect on prolonged exposure, and sexual attractiveness is the primary focus of body-revealing and outfit-changing videos on shorts video content services. “Sexual attractiveness is the primary focus of body revealing and outfit change videos are very popular on short film video content services (SFVCS),” he said. “The similarities between these body reveal videos and softcore pornographic material are perplexing. Millions of viewers eagerly repeat the amateur videos, often carefully shot and edited, according to the study. Watching such videos can exacerbate pre-existing psychological issues such as addiction, social issues, and negative well-being. When a social media influencer poses for the camera, there is blatant copying of high-profile celebrities through costumes, makeup and similar mannerisms in addition to video editing tricks, he said. “Content creators tend to gain ‘self-famous’ status by adopting a fantasized gesture on camera. As a result, each social media influencer has elevated to micro-celebrity status,” the study says.
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