Written by: Leslie Scott
When asked why their most popular pictures/videos online received the most attention, the top four answers were:
2.) Duck Lips/Trout Pouts
3.) Pics/Videos with Famous Choreographers
4.) Acro Dance/Tricks
When asked how social media affects their body image, the top four answers were:
I am more self-conscious about my body, talent and fashion.
2.) I find myself comparing my “look” and body to others more.
3.) I notice more flaws on my face.
4.) I have started skipping meals and dieting.
When asked to share what leads to positive emotions on social media, the top three answers were:
1.) I feel good when people like my pictures and posts.
2.) I feel popular when people follow me.
3.) I feel good when I get tagged.
Direct quotes from dancers in Y.P.A.D. seminars:
“Social media has made me see my flaws through a huge magnifying glass.” – Female, 16 years old
“Social media has made some dancing for girls about twerking and being half-dressed and for guys you’re cool only if you do the popular moves. I want to change this.” – Male, 15 years old
“I feel a lot of pressure to be hot and skinny. I do compare my body to celebrity dancers online.” – Female, 12 years old
“My teachers tell me to tone down my dancing because they say it is too sexy but I do not think they get how many compliments I get at school and online because of it.” – Female, 14 years old