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Research Paper

I believe for my first college research paper, I did relatively well. There are a lot of things I still have to work on but as my first draft, I think I did okay. Looking back at my paper with revisions on it I see the things I need to fix including, better in text citations since some of my stuff comes across as my opinion rather then something I found from a  source, and better organization within the paper. It seems a little jumpy and I need to change it to make each paragraph have a direct point that I am defending. Once I fix these mistakes I think my paper will be much better and enjoyable to read.

A Quality Source

The research I have started for this paper has been rigorous so far. Each source I found I would check the date to make sure it was recent, and then would research the author and see if they had any other work. After a lot of searching for my sources I have narrowed it down to 7 and chosen my best one to do my blog on.

The best source I found for my topic was titled, “The Effects of Social Comparison Through Social Media for Young Women and Adolescent Females with Eating Disordered Symptomatology”. This source is a dissertation and it is about young women on social media and the effects it can have, including eating disorders. The information and surveys in this dissertation is what led me to believe it is my best source. One of these facts include that studies show that 93% of young adults between ages 18 and 29, use the internet and 72% of those young adults use social media sights. This means that the chances of a young woman feeling bad about her body image or developing an eating disorder increases drastically.

The author is Quynh Chau, a professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. There is not a lot of information about them online, however, on Quest they have three articles including the one I chose for me research paper. The other two were about two different topics: computerized self-screen for dementia and long term tolerance of pitavastatin among patients with prior statin intolerance.

Final Topic!

It was extremely difficult for me to find a topic that not only interested me, but also had good research behind it. The final topic I have chosen is, the effects of social and digital media on body images among young women. I have already started research for this topic and I have found many relevant and up to date articles about it. I think this topic is extremely important because so many female teens suffer from it and it is in every form of media but most important social media. From my own personal experience, I have noticed there are tons of posts and pictures of beautiful women and girls saying they want to be them or that they are “goals”. Its very sad how media shames women of their own bodies and makes them want to be something else. Another thing that stands out to me is the negative things teenagers say about each other on Twitter. The first things teens go to when trying to hurt someone is body shaming them.  This is a problem due to the fact that eating disorders are becoming a growing issue among teenage girls.


Research Topics

 There are many research topics from class that I found to be very eye-catching. Once I reviewed all of the topics, I narrowed it down to three that interested me the most. The first topic is when people become older, they also become more involved in dating sights/apps.  This seems like a good topic because  usually people think that younger generation use dating sights more, however this is false. As people get older they become more desperate for a partner, thus joining dating sights/apps. The second topic I find interesting is how people post things on social media not realizing that there can be real world consequences. It’s easy for people to say whatever they want when hiding behind a screen, which can lead to negative effect. The third and final research topic I find to be interesting is how self perception gets changed when becoming more involved in social media. There are studies on studies of how social media can shape young people and change their beliefs. I want to go more in depth with these topics and answer the questions about them most people have.


Introduction of Olevia Braithwaite

My name is Olevia Braithwaite and I am from Haymarket, VA. I come from a rather large high school with a graduating class of about 800 students. I’m interested in doing something with elementary education but I am still unsure of a major. The reason I attended college is so I can further my education and get the best career possible. I’m hoping that I not only learn more about the world over the next few years, but more about myself. The thing I am most excited for in this class is learning more about how to use the internet in new ways to create and discover. There are two topics on the syllabus that seem to be very interesting. The Theoretical Constructions of Identity, both gender and race, seem very appealing to learn about. They’re both topics that are popular among the media and are controversial. I’m excited to read about it and to also hear my peers views during class discussions. This is a picture of my baby sister, Christena, and I. She’s probably my favorite person in the world so I thought I would share.