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Social Media Has Become Toxic for Male Body Image

[QUOTE]Men’s bodies are on display more than ever. An analysis of 1,000 male body Instagram posts showed that boys get positive reinforcement for posting muscular content through likes and follows, while girls primarily showed their faces.

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by Anonymousreply 13November 26, 2021 2:40 PM

It's toxic for almost everyone.

by Anonymousreply 1November 24, 2021 8:34 PM

[QUOTE] As a result of his varsity track season being canceled at the start of the pandemic, Josh (not his real name) became more sedentary and gained 20 pounds. Stuck at home, he spent countless hours browsing Instagram and other social media sites where he discovered muscular teenage boys who publicly shared their workout and dieting regimens, gaining thousands of followers in the process. He began to emulate these influencers, counting calories while upping his fitness goals.

[QUOTE]When sports seasons resumed, Josh hit the gym with his teammates. But he also added on individual runs, Peloton bike rides and high-intensity interval training workouts — exercising in excess of five hours per day. He became so obsessed with fitness and dieting that he stopped seeing his friends in order to keep up his intense workout schedule and minimal calorie count. His behaviors persisted for months before anyone realized that he had developed a full-blown eating disorder. By the time he was evaluated by a doctor, he needed to be hospitalized for medical instability.

by Anonymousreply 2November 24, 2021 8:48 PM

On the other hand it’s been a boon for consumers of male gorgeousness. So many more hot muscular bods than in decades past. I really don’t care how insecure or self-loathing these young men feel inside as long as they look good with their clothes off.

by Anonymousreply 3November 24, 2021 9:04 PM

It's the guys' turn to show off their bodies!! It used to be only women but now men are in there too - hooray!!!

by Anonymousreply 4November 24, 2021 9:06 PM
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by Anonymousreply 5November 25, 2021 6:57 PM

How is looking your best toxic? I swear, sometimes people see problems where there are none.

by Anonymousreply 6November 25, 2021 8:18 PM

I think these people would have better body image if they stayed off of social media. If you have depression, anxiety or low self-esteem then social media is like a landmine.

by Anonymousreply 7November 25, 2021 8:26 PM

Soooo, men can be jealous little bitches too?

by Anonymousreply 8November 25, 2021 8:33 PM

OP< then explain all the fatties who waddle around at earlier and earlier ages. This kind of generalization is just rubbish.

by Anonymousreply 9November 25, 2021 8:57 PM

Most Americans are overweight now. Social media is aspirational. Only the thin and muscular get shown the most because of advertising and endorsements.

by Anonymousreply 10November 25, 2021 9:15 PM

Oh so NOW it’s a problem? Women everywhere probably.

by Anonymousreply 11November 25, 2021 9:33 PM

r7, next time in English, please.

by Anonymousreply 12November 26, 2021 12:57 PM

I’m forever grateful that I was well into adulthood by the time social media became a thing. I have no interest in seeking attention or impressing anyone.

by Anonymousreply 13November 26, 2021 2:40 PM
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