I had a very inspiring meeting recently with Danni, the woman behind the ChaChi Power Project. We talked about body positivity, the media, the media’s role in creating insecurities in young women, and how to break free of those. You need some help or ideas on keeping positive and loving your body? Find ChaChi Power on Facebook and Twitter, and let Danni into your life.
The annual researchers’ day across Europe on 29 September had me talking about social media at two different events.
Thanks to everyone who voted for me! As a result of it, I got the second place in the overall photo competition Images of Research at Strathclyde. The final winners were determined by a public vote and were announced on 15 June in Drygate.
A great venue, craft beer, fabulous food and an award. What more could I wish for from a night out!
On some Friday nights instead of going bar hopping, you can hop into the Glasgow Science Centre for an adults-only science showcase, Science Lates, which will entertain and enlighten. I was lucky to take part in the event on June 2, titled Under the Skin, which covered topics from sleep to viruses to brain functions and fertility. And of course, body image!
Want to learn more about the research behind body image and social media? Watch this brief video, which tells the story behind the picture from my entry in the Images of Research 2017 competition.
This is an annual competition, which evolves into an year-long exhibition bringing the research conducted at Strathclyde to an audience of thousands at art galleries, museums and public spaces. This year the exhibition will be shown at the Glasgow Science Centre, the Drygate, and, very exciting, the European Parliament.
My entry was a family affair. The photo was created by my brother, Deyan Stoev, who is a professional photographer, under my creative guidance.
But most importantly, now it’s up to the public to decide the overall winner in the competition. Please, vote for my entry! You can do it here: Images of Research vote.
Our essay “The Female Body on Social Media”, co-authored with long-time colleague professor Yusuf Kalyango Jr., has come out in the volume Social Media: A Reference Handbook, edited by Dr Kelli Burns. The essay presents an overview of knowledge on the relationship between social media and body image. We also present the findings of our research, which asked women about the content of their Facebook posts related to their weight, body image, dieting, or weight loss.
Check out the new video I produced recently with my colleagues Dr Andrea Tonner from Strathclyde Business School and Julie Cameron from Mental Health Foundation. I did voxpop interviews with young people, asking them about their experiences and attitudes towards social media. Their answers may surprise you and will definitely make you think about your own views on these questions.
The talk was part of #Explorathon16, a Europe-wide network of events where researchers meet the public and share their work during European Researchers’ Night on 30 September.