The impact of snapchat usage on drunkorexia behaviors in college women

Stephen Foster, Molly O’Mealey, Claire Farmer, Mauricio Carvallo

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Objective Research has shown the deleterious effects of drunkorexia behaviors. The goal of this project was to examine the impact of college women’s Snapchat usage on drunkorexia behavior frequencies and motives, through comparing one’s body to others and internal drives for thinness. Participants 636 college women (Study 1 N = 109, Study 2 N = 527) were recruited from a large research institution in the Southwestern U.S. Methods Participants completed an online survey regarding Snapchat usage, body comparison indices, drive for thinness, and drunkorexia behaviors and motives. Results Findings support the hypotheses that Snapchat usage impacts drunkorexia behaviors in general (Study 1), and specific drunkorexia motives (Study 2). These effects were mediated by an index of body comparisons and drive for thinness. Conclusions College women may be at risk for drunkorexia due to their experiences on social media. Aspects of the platform may be pushing women toward disturbed eating habits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)864-874
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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