Title

Toxic TikTok

Author(s)

Natalie WardFollow

School Name

Chapin High School

Grade Level

11th Grade

Presentation Topic

Behavioral Science

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

My study examines the question, to what extent does liking TikTok videos that contain toxic body image content (possibly trigger an eating disorder or body dysmorphia) on the foryoupage affect the amount of toxic body image content seen on one’s foryoupage? TikTok has been known for showing its viewers videos with content that can lead to eating disorders and/or body dysphoria. Seeing videos that contain this type of content can cause users to attempt to change their bodies to fit this unrealistic standard. Users often go about this in an unhealthy way such as restrictive eating and over-exercise, which can be harmful to the body. My study looks into how interacting with the for you page in different ways affect what type of videos TikTok shows its users. I did this by performing three different types of tests. For each test, I liked the videos based on a different code to see if liking videos that contained toxic content led to more toxic content seen, and even if a user liked the content that was not considered toxic would the amount of toxic content increased.

Location

B&E 235

Start Date

4-2-2022 10:45 AM

Presentation Format

Oral and Written

Group Project

No

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Apr 2nd, 10:45 AM

Toxic TikTok

B&E 235

My study examines the question, to what extent does liking TikTok videos that contain toxic body image content (possibly trigger an eating disorder or body dysmorphia) on the foryoupage affect the amount of toxic body image content seen on one’s foryoupage? TikTok has been known for showing its viewers videos with content that can lead to eating disorders and/or body dysphoria. Seeing videos that contain this type of content can cause users to attempt to change their bodies to fit this unrealistic standard. Users often go about this in an unhealthy way such as restrictive eating and over-exercise, which can be harmful to the body. My study looks into how interacting with the for you page in different ways affect what type of videos TikTok shows its users. I did this by performing three different types of tests. For each test, I liked the videos based on a different code to see if liking videos that contained toxic content led to more toxic content seen, and even if a user liked the content that was not considered toxic would the amount of toxic content increased.