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Learning about the body and health through social media in rural communities
School of Education, University of New England, Armidale NSW, Australia.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3572-4976
School of Education, University of New England, Armidale NSW, Australia.
School of Education, University of New England, Armidale NSW, Australia.
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

People tend to ‘learn’ attitudes and construct beliefs related to what constitutes an ‘appropriate’ body, and adopt health advice from the media. Social media is more likely to have an impact on understandings of the body than other media because social media involves friends and family rather than strangers and celebrities. What little research has been undertaken in this area suggests that social media usage is linked to problematic understandings of the body.Adolescents are the most avid users of social media and about a third of online teens aged 12 to 17 years, engage with the internet to search for health or physical fitness information. Several studies have posited a connection between the use of social media and suicide-related behavior (Luxton, June & Fairall, 2012) and rural adolescents are particularly at risk of depression and suicide (Quine et al., 2003).This paper reports on our study of rural adolescent users of social media. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with teenagers attending different schools in rural NSW. The findings are presented based on the impact that social media has on teenagers’ constructions of the body and health in rural NSW communities.

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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Other Medical Sciences not elsewhere specified
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-71381OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-71381DiVA, id: diva2:1277829
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Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE 2016), Brisbane, Australia, September 25-28, 2016
Available from: 2019-01-11 Created: 2019-01-11 Last updated: 2019-01-18Bibliographically approved

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