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A feminine burden of perfection? Appearance-related pressures on social networking sites

Julkaisun tekijät: Erica Åberg, Aki Koivula, Iida Kukkonen

Kustantaja: Elsevier Ltd.

Julkaisuvuosi: 2020

Journal: Telematics and Informatics

Kirjan nimi *: Telematics and Informatics (JOURNAL)

Volyymi: 46

eISSN: 1879-324X



This study examines how social networking sites (SNS) are experienced as a source of appearance-related pressures for men and women in Finland. We explored the differences between two platforms, Facebook and Instagram, in the probability be linked with experiences of social media -caused appearance-related pressures, and tested if these experiences are gendered. Finally, we investigated whether the number of friends or followers affected the probability of experiencing appearance-related pressures for men and women. We approach these questions with unique data nationally representative of the Finnish population aged 18-74 (N=3,724), and offer insights into the discussion on the relationship between social media and appearance-related pressures. Our findings suggest that both gender and age are associated with experiences of appearance-related pressures engendered by social media. The propensity to report social media as a source of appearance-related pressures is higher particularly for younger women. The preferred social network site was connected to experiencing appearance-related pressures. Both male and female Instagram users were more likely to perceive appearance-related pressures than male and female Facebook users. The number of followers increased the likelihood of Instagram users to perceive social media -caused appearance-related pressures, however, the effect was apparent only for women.

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