Pro-ana versus Pro-recovery: A Content Analytic Comparison of Social Media Users’ Communication about Eating Disorders on Twitter and Tumblr

Branley, Dawn and Covey, Judith (2017) Pro-ana versus Pro-recovery: A Content Analytic Comparison of Social Media Users’ Communication about Eating Disorders on Twitter and Tumblr. Frontiers in Psychology, 8. p. 1356. ISSN 1664-1078

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Abstract

Objectives: To compare how people communicate about eating disorders on two popular social media platforms – Twitter and Tumblr.

Materials and Methods: Thematic analysis was conducted to characterize the types of communications posted, and a content analysis was undertaken of between-platform differences.

Results: Three types of content (pro-ana, anti-ana, and pro-recovery) were posted on each platform. Overall, across both platforms, extreme pro-ana posts were in the minority compared to anti-ana and pro-recovery. Pro-ana posts (including ‘thinspiration’) were more common on Twitter than Tumblr, whereas anti-ana and pro-recovery posts were more common on Tumblr.

Conclusion: The findings have implications for future research and health care relating to the treatment and prevention of eating disorders. Developers of future interventions targeting negative pro-ana content should remain aware of the need to avoid any detrimental impact on positive online support.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C800 Psychology
G900 Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Dawn Branley
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2018 15:35
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2018 16:21
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/33194

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