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The Research Her

The Research Her is a weekly science communication podcast for us that provides reliable and relatable topics from how hair products affect health to the effects of Instagram on mental health. It encourages improvement of the disproportionate amount of research focused on minorities. Host Elissia Franklin is a black woman in chemistry who shares the woes and rewards in her field while learning of research in many areas.

Mar 1, 2019

This episode we discuss the relationship between social media and body image. We also dive into the idea of narcissism being associated with what and how much we post on social media.

  • I explain why I took a 7-month break from Instagram and open up about my habit of comparing myself to others online.
  • There is a discussion about research findings related to the topic and what scientist suggest for improving our unhealthy relationship with social media.

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Show Citations:

Social Media and Body Image Concerns by Jasmine Fardouly and Lenny R. Vartanian

“Exercise to be fit, not skinny” by Marika Tiggemann and Mia Zaccardo

Mirror, Mirror on my Facebook Wall by Amy L. Gonzales and Jeffrey T. Hancock 

Millennials, narcissism, and social networking by Shawn M. Bergman, Matthew E. Fearrington, Shaun W. Davenport, Jacqueline Z. Bergman,

“Let me take a selfie” by Christopher T. Barry, Hannah Doucette, Della C. Loflin, Nicole Rivera-Hudson,  Lacey L. Herrington


*Note* I am not an expert in this field. All literature interpretations are from my perspective and do not always reflect the intention of the authors.