Social media sites used as platform for eating disorders

Rooscol Rozambert, Digital Life Editor

With so many social media sites dedicated to photos, confronting the image of perfection is inevitable. The problem is the promotion of perfection, which also comes at a cost for many impressionable teens.

In February of last year, Tumblr restructured its policies to discourage and ban any blogs that promote self harm or eating disorders. The number of blogs dedicated to eating disorders and weight loss or “thinsporation” have decreased dramatically, but with so many blogs and millions of pictures, it is hard to ban them all.

Other photo blogging sites such as Pintrest and Instagram, are also receiving more members who are dedicated to the unhealthy craze. Now Instagram has started to implement many of its policies to eradicate pornography and unhealthy eating disorders from its app. In hopes of helping those that may be facing self harm, Pintrest has posted ads in the sidebar for certain searches that deal with eating disorders.

While many people may see this trend of regulation as going against their rights, many other people are indifferent about the banning of these pages. “When I see a picture of an attractive skinny girl, I think to myself, ‘I want to look like that’, so I guess it’s not negative, but it’s not positive either,” junior Brittany Harnett said.

But on the contrary, many people do believe that social media has negative effects on even the simplest things. “Most people, especially girls, post a photo and base whether or not they are attractive by how many likes they recieve,” school counselor Dr. Jeff Steffenson said.