Annotated Bibliography

Dunkels, Elza, et al. Youth Culture and Net Culture: Online Social Practices. Information Science Reference, 2011.

This source includes a chapter called ‘Fat talk: constructing the body through eating disorders online among Swedish girls’. With the example of Swedish girls and their eating disorders, this source discusses how social media constructs teenagers’ thoughts on what they should look like. I believe that this content would be helpful for me in understanding how social media and the internet influence girls to think of themselves as ‘more fat and ugly’ than they actually look like.

Walsh, Jill. Adolescents and Their Social Media Narratives: a Digital Coming of Age. Routledge, 2018.

This source informs us about the time and effort that most teenagers put into selecting which photos to upload on their social media. This source compares the process of teenagers carefully choosing and uploading photos on social media to that of artists carefully shaping their artwork to display in museums, highlighting how important it is for teenagers to upload their ‘clique’, yet ‘happy-looking’ moments on social media.  This would help me understand why and how teenagers, including myself, choose to present themselves on media and how the process influences their thoughts on self-esteem.

Deckers, Erik, and Kyle Lacy. Branding Yourself: How to Use Social Media to Invent or Reinvent Yourself. Que, 2018.

This source contains information about ‘how teenagers fit in the mix’ by sharing photos and videos on their social media accounts. I can directly relate this content to me and my friends’ own experience of how we choose to stay connected and ‘fit in’ by sharing photos on social media, as well as pressing like and commenting on others’ posts. This source would be helpful in deepening my understanding of the thought process behind the teenagers’ behaviors.

Willingham, AJ. “Social Media Filters Mess with Our Perceptions so Much, There’s Now a Name for It.” CNN, Cable News Network, 10 Aug. 2018,

This article on CNN’s website discusses how there is a new name for the type of body dysmorphia called ‘Snapchat dysmorphia’. The article provides examples of how people use photoshop by including before-and-after photos of photoshop and filters. This helps me to clearly understand how people wish to change their face and body based on what  the photoshop applications suggest they do, such as getting bigger eyes and perfectly clear skin.

Barlow, Rich. “‘Snapchat Dysmorphia’ Can Be Hazardous to Your Health.” BU Today, 2018,

This article defines the term ‘Snapchat Dysmorphia’ and discusses the potential harms of filters and photoshop on social media apps such as snapchat and instagram. This information will be useful for my project because it provides information about what many teenagers are going through (depression and lower self-esteem) worldwide because of the photoshop apps.

Television, CNBC. Napchat Dysmorphia: Increase in Patients Seeking Snapchat Filter Look. YouTube, YouTube, 6 Aug. 2018,

This video includes an interview with a dermatologist who faces patients who wants ‘animal eyes’ and makes impossible requests based on their social media style and preferences. He claims that people don’t want to look like their real selves, and discusses the negative influence of snapchat filters.

This Morning. I Had Surgery to Look Like My Selfies. YouTube, YouTube, 21 Nov. 2017,

This video includes an interview with a person who underwent cosmetic surgery because of her body dysmorphia, also known as ‘selfie dysmorphia’ in her case. Because the interview involves information about a real-life example on a person who actually saved money to get cosmetic surgery, it contains useful information about how people suffer from low self-esteem due to modified, ‘better’ version of themselves on social media and how they strive to ‘not look like their real selves’ by undergoing surgery.





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