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  • How can the perfect worlds presented online cause harm?
  • How can the perfect worlds presented online cause harm?
    Alex Blajan (2017) ©
CASE STUDY

Lifefaker: unhealthy social media habits exposed

For digital natives, Facebook and Instagram are key social lifelines – but they also present a risk to users’ wellbeing as they judge themselves by what they see on these platforms. How is satirical site Lifefaker sparking a conversation about the dangers of obsessing over one’s online image?

Location United Kingdom

Scope
As social media platforms have amassed billions of users, they’ve come under increasing scrutiny for their impact on mental health. There is compelling evidence that the combined rise of smartphone ownership and social media has deeply affected the psyche of younger generations, resulting in higher rates of depression and suicidal thoughts. [1]

For these digital natives, the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram represent key social lifelines, but also present a risk to users’ wellbeing as they inevitably compare their lives and appearances to what they see on these channels. Through the satirical site Lifefaker, mental health ...

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