POSTER PRESENTATO IN OCCASIONE DELLA EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON DIGITAL PSYCHOLOGY 2021
Cristian Di Gesto1, Giulia Rosa Policardo1
1 – University of Florence, Italy
Introductionsocial network that has risen in popularity among young women, also in Italy (Global Digital Report, 2020). Appearance-related activities on Instagram have a detrimental impact on women body image (Brown & Tiggemann, 2016; Kleemans et al., 2018). Some research has shown that social media might encourage people to do something to modify one’s appearance (De Vries et al., 2014), including cosmetic surgery (Walker et al., 2019) that is deeply diffused among women (ASAPS, 2019) also in Italy (AICPE, 2019). Nevertheless, some research suggests that body satisfaction does not increase in women who have undergone some cosmetic surgical procedures (Sobanko et al., 2018). Appearance comparison on Instagram is strongly associated with its use (Brown & Tiggemann, 2016), therefore it could be a risk factor for the interest in unnecessary cosmetic surgery.
Participants were 322 Italian women (mean-age = 23; SD = 2.92), who completed a questionnaire containing the variables of interest. Descriptive analysis and hierarchical regressions were performed.
Our findings could be important for a clearer understanding of the role that images-related activities carried out on Instagram and appearance comparison can have on the consideration of cosmetic surgery and its acceptance for intrapersonal and social reasons in young women. These results could also provide preliminary indications for the design of interventions in the field of health promotion such as social media literacy training aimed at fostering a critical understanding of the use of photo-based social media.