Lanice Avery, PhD (Assistant Professor of Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Director, Research on Intersectionality, Sexuality, and Empowerment (RISE) Lab, University of Virginia) gives an overview of the use and possible impacts of social media on Black women at #AskTheExperts webinar “Mirror, Mirror, in My Palm: Girls and Media” on September 7, 2022.

[Dr. Lanice Avery]: Black women are seemingly always connected. Prior research shows that black women use digital media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter more frequently than all of their peers. Most cases, these digital spaces provide a context for black women to engage in community building, interracial social connection, and positive identity formation. However, digital media might also be a toxic environment for black women as they report disproportionate experiences of online race and gender based harassment and increased exposure to unattainable feminine beauty standards, as you all mentioned today. And these heightened experiences of digital victimization could be associated with poorer mental health and well-being.

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Mirror, Mirror, in My Palm: Girls and Media

How does online media affect girls' mental and physical health as they navigate through the increasingly tricky waters of social media and digital interactions?

Body Image
Sexual Content
Social Media