proposal experiment Social Media users and bad eating habits

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Research Proposal

Social Media Platform Users and Poor Eating Habits

Barbara Pina

Dr. Hackett

University of Houston Downtown

Abstract

This study provides an analysis of the relation that exists on social media users and the type of food that they consume. This is has been an existing problem in society especially with the fact that social media platforms advertise fast-moving foods and target the millennial. Therefore, to get the exact impact that these foods have on the people, secondary sources are used to provide information about the relationship that exists between eating habits and social media platforms. The present study aims to unravel the relationship that exists between the social media users and the unhealthy eating habits so that appropriate measures can be put in place to ensure that the society adjusts to the most appropriate way of life that would result in healthy living. Therefore, besides the use of secondary sources, the study will establish the negative effects of using social media platforms on the food types that young adults consume. The participants of this study shall be randomly collected young adults using smartphones and their responses will be useful in determining the impacts of social media on the types of food that they consume.

Social Media Platform Users and Poor Eating Habits

Introduction

Technology advances have come at a precedent pace with the world being made a global village such that all activities can be interconnected throughout the world. Various sectors have incorporated the use of these advances in information technology to achieve their goals. The millennial has been the most affected due to the incorporation of the use of information technology in various sectors during their age. As a result, there have been reports that the use of social media platforms has often had impacts on the kind of food that these young adults consume. For instance, some have argued that a millennial is likely to eat vegetables and fruits just because he/she has seen fellow social media users consuming the same. Therefore, this research proposal will seek to authenticate the facts from this narrative that indeed these young ones can easily be influenced by the social media platforms.

This study will investigate the relation that exists between unhealthy eating habits and social media platforms. Social media platforms have become one of the major ways in which people share information easily across various parts of the world. As a result, social media has influenced the users in various ways such as their social life, consumption habits, and even financial habits. The present study thus seeks to establish the relationship that exists between the social media users and the unhealthy eating habits that they might acquire through the use of these social media platforms.

Literature Review

The precedent pace in which information technology has revolutionized the world into a global village has put most of the researchers on the toss to research on the relationships that exist between social media platforms and unhealthy eating habits among the millennials. As a result, there has been enormous documentation on this matter, with special emphasis being made on the relationship that exists between the impacts of social media users and unhealthy eating among the millennials.

Neter & Melaman, in their study on the relation on social media users and unhealthy eating habits that was conducted at Ruppin Academic Center in which there was an overall collection of data from the social media platforms. In this study, these researchers stated that cravings for certain foods, size and even appetite for certain foods are usually motivated by what people see in various social media platforms. The study which involved 165 participants indicates that indeed there is a relationship between what people consume and what’s shared in various social media platforms.

Similarly, Holmberg, (2017) in their study which was based on the communication of food in social media platforms by adolescents. Holmberg discovered that adolescents have developed a culture of sharing the type of foods that they eat on social media and this has resulted in both negative and positive impacts on the eating habits of these young adults (Holmberg, 2017). The visual images shared on these social media platforms have psychological impacts on the human brain thus resulting in further impacts on the appetite that these people have on the foods shared. Therefore, this is indeed evident that the use of the sharing of the visual images has huge impacts on the users who in this case are usually the millennial.

Besides, Qutteina & Nasrallah, (2019) conducted a study on the relation between social media and the poor eating habits exhibited by the Arabian women who were among the social media users (Qutteina & Nasrallah, 2019). The study which was conducted based on the users of Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat indicates that users of Instagram are the most affected individuals in the world. The authors highlighted how the uses of these platforms have had a direct impact on the lives of the millennial as their eating patterns change with the use of these platforms.

Coyne, Padilla-Walker & Howard, (2013) also researched on the emerging trends in the digital world and how the use of these digital trends have affected the lives of the young adults in the world. This study emphasized the study that was conducted on the determination of the social media impacts on young adults. In this regard, the study proved that the numerous exposures of various food types indicate that there are negative and unhealthy impacts that are realized from these practices on the users (Coyne, Padilla-Walker & Howard, 2013).

Additionally, Hoogstins, (2017) in his Journal the Modeling on Social Media researched the influence that the use of social media platforms has on the choices of food among the users of these social media platforms (Hoogstins, 2017). However, unlike the previous sources, this study which involved exposing various food types on the participants’ online platforms did not have an impact on the decision making when it came to the selection of the food of their choice. Therefore, this study indicated that indeed no relation exists between social media platforms and unhealthy eating habits.

Research Methodology

This study aims at establishing the relation that’s between social media users and the poor habits of eating that they exhibit. The answers obtained in this study will thus help manage this emerging issue in society. This is because unhealthy eating habits among young adults have farther devastating effects to their lifestyles. We shall use open-ended questionnaires that would design with specific questions targeting the young adults using various social media platforms. There shall also be the use of email open-ended questionnaires that would target masses at the smallest time possible. These questionnaires will also be accompanied by a description of the anonymity of the research in which the respondents will be handled with the confidentiality they deserve hence making it effective in giving out the data.

Design

The first question will be asked on the most used social media platform among social media users. This question will help us understand the most used social media platform and how it eventually affects the users. The second question will ask how the use of these social media platforms that involve the sharing of food images affects their food selection. In this regard, the responses would be able to provide a clear picture of how the use of these social media platforms affects their food consumption habits.

Besides that, there shall also be the use of secondary sources in the determination of the historical impacts that have been recorded on the relations on social media platforms and poor eating habits. In this regard, the data shall be obtained by the use of efficient search engines such as PubMed and Google Scholar in which such relevant data shall be done by the use of keywords such as social media platforms, unhealthy eating habits, and relationships that exists between them. The sources shall then be narrowed to by using the most recent uses.

Participants

This study shall target young adults as the main persons of interest. Therefore, we shall use university students and individuals that have just completed learning and settled in their careers hence have their own money and can make personal decisions based on the money they have and the people they are connected to.

Results

The results from this study will indicate that indeed there is a close relation that exists between social media users and unhealthy eating habits. In this regard, the results show that there is an increase in unhealthy eating habits among the millennials because they share these foods from their peers and tend to copy from them.

Discussion

This is an area that requires an emphasis on study due to the increased cases of obesity and overweight. This study will display the relationship that exists between the social media users and the unhealthy eating habits. However, despite this study basing on the relationship of social media and unhealthy eating habits, there is also a need to relate other factors and unhealthy eating habits that might have been ignored and not captured in this study. Therefore, this study has just provided some of the most probable ways in which millennials are encouraging amongst themselves leading to obesity and overweight cases in the world.

References

Coyne, S. M., Padilla-Walker, L. M., & Howard, E. (2013). Emerging in a Digital World: A Decade Review of Media Use, Effects, and Gratifications in Emerging Adulthood, available at https://doi.org/10.1177/2167696813479782

Holmberg, C. (2017) Adolescents’ Food Communication in Social Media – A Theoretical Inquiry of the Why…

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