Eating disorders are on the rise. Many of these disorders are tied to ones body image. Concurrently, the amount of media has increased. There is more easy access to media than ever before.
The goal of this survey was to determine (1) the types of media a participant viewed, specifically focusing on magazines, television, and music, (2) a persons perception of their body image,(3) if there was a correlation between the type of media a participant viewed and there body image, (4) if a correlation is present, weather it is negative or positive.
An open survey was selected for the data collection strategy. This was done so that a wide range of the population sampled and their responses analyzed. Participants were recruited through three primary methods (1) using the CSU Fullerton Irvine Campus email network, (2) using social networking sites,and (3) conducting in person interviews at CSU Fullerton Irvine Campus. These methods of data collection were selected so as to avoid a biased sample. A sample of 50 participants were selected to take part in the survey. With the quota selected of twenty-five males and females.
The design of the survey consisted of fourteen questions. The first four questions focused to identify demographic groups. The demographic questions asked participants for there age, gender, ethnicity and race, and sexual orientation. Questions five through ten asked participants for the types of media, magazines, television shows, movies, music, and music videos that the participant is exposed too. The last three questions were to determine the participants body image. This was achieved by asking (1) how they would rate their body on a numerical scale 1-10, (2) how in a brief description how they felt about a body, and (3)what part they would change about their bodies. The last question asked participants how they would describe the bodies the have seen in mass media.
Data Collection and analysis still in progress.
While data analysis and collection is still in progress preliminary results suggest a slight correlation between unsatisfactory body image and viewership of magazines, television shows, and music where an unrealistic FEMALE body image was portrayed. While examination of the data shows that media influences male body image, in a negative manner, not enough of a male sample has been collected for meaningful analysis.
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