Selfie habit may flag deeper issues in teen girls

ADOLESCENT girls who frequently share selfies on social media may be more prone to an unhealthy emphasis on body image including a desire to be thin, researchers say.

A study of 100 girls aged about 13 from a co-educational school in Melbourne has found that those most engaged in photoshopping images and comparing images with friends were most likely to exhibit body dissatisfaction and dietary restraint.

It is the first study to examine how selfie-sharing and a focus on how images are presented to peers may be linked to disordered eating, the researchers say.

Past research has