The results are in...
Social media's effect on us
How does social media affect our fitness, health and body image? We asked our readers, and some of the results may surprise you.
With social media networks only continuing to get larger, it’s interesting to see how this impacts our own personal fitness and health goals.
We asked our readers everything from whether they use fitness apps to how much weight-related information they share on social media. Here are the results.
The numbers on physical appearance and exercise
Time spent exercising per week:
Making it public
While more than half of respondents use apps or other digital applications to track their fitness goals, only 14.8 percent share their results with friends via social media networks.
Almost 69 percent of people we asked do not voluntarily share diet and fitness activities on social media.
Of the 31 percent who don’t share, what are the top reasons? “It feels like bragging” (38.8 percent) and “I’m not proud of the results” (31.5 percent).
Fact: Sharing your fitness and weight-related goals on social media could encourage you to keep going and also inspire those around you!
Do others like when you share?
Surprisingly, they do! Fifty-three percent feel inspired and motivated to be healthier when their friends share updates via social media about their fitness; only 22 percent feel envious.
Users feel more animosity toward celebrities’ diet and fitness updates than those of their friends, so don’t be ashamed to share your progress.
Did you know? Seventy-five percent of respondents are on social media between one and five hours per day.
So, what’s the most common social media platform?
No surprise here – Facebook wins, with 65 percent choosing this as their main means of sharing information.
To sum it up
Overall, social media sites and online communities affect fitness and eating habits positively.
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