‘Selfie’ body image warning issued

Helen Briggs:

Spending lots of time on Facebook looking at pictures of friends could make women insecure about their body image, research suggests.
 The more women are exposed to “selfies” and other photos on social media, the more they compare themselves negatively, according to a study.
 Friends’ photos may be more influential than celebrity shots as they are of known contacts, say UK and US experts.
 The study is the first to link time on social media to poor body image.
 The mass media are known to influence how people feel about their appearance.
 But little is known about how social media impact on self-image.