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8th Edition of Nursing World Conference

October 17-19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA

October 17 -19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA
NWC 2024

Erika Lawson Douglas

Speaker at Nursing Conference - Erika Lawson Douglas
Simmons University, United States
Title : Body dysmorphia and social media: Effects on adolescents and young adults


Social media has become a way for adolescents and young adults to socialize and engage with peers including celebrities and public figures.  There are many benefits of social media such as staying in contact with family and friends who may live in other states or out of the country, networking, finding new recipes, learning new dance moves, listening to your favorite artist, and much more.  There have been suggestions that there are many undesirable effects of social media use such as a negative effect on body image.  As social media becomes more popular more adolescents and young adults are spending more time on these platforms.  In our society there is a strong emphasis on our outer image and many adolescents and young adults will go to the extremes to achieve the perfect look.    We aim to examine the impact that social media has on the mental health of adolescents and young people.  We will utilize the Health Promotion Model (HPM) to offer recommendations to nurses on ways to improve the well-being of these individuals.