The Impact of Body Emphasizing Video Games on Body Image Concerns in Men and Women

The Impact of Body Emphasizing Video Games on Body Image Concerns in Men and Women Two studies were conducted to determine if playing a video game that emphasized the body would increase negative body-image. Both studies [study 1 (N = 51); college-aged males from the Midwestern USA; and study 2 (N = 32); college-aged females from the Midwestern USA] had participants complete body image measures, play a video game that displayed muscular or thin characters for 15 min, and then complete post-game body image measures. Results showed that participants in both studies had significantly lower body esteem after video game play. Further, these findings were independent of the time spent playing video games and body mass index. This suggests that video games have a negative influence on the body-image of players. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sex Roles Springer Journals

The Impact of Body Emphasizing Video Games on Body Image Concerns in Men and Women

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Psychology; Gender Studies; Sociology, general; Medicine/Public Health, general
ISSN
0360-0025
eISSN
1573-2762
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11199-008-9457-8
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Abstract

Two studies were conducted to determine if playing a video game that emphasized the body would increase negative body-image. Both studies [study 1 (N = 51); college-aged males from the Midwestern USA; and study 2 (N = 32); college-aged females from the Midwestern USA] had participants complete body image measures, play a video game that displayed muscular or thin characters for 15 min, and then complete post-game body image measures. Results showed that participants in both studies had significantly lower body esteem after video game play. Further, these findings were independent of the time spent playing video games and body mass index. This suggests that video games have a negative influence on the body-image of players.

Journal

Sex RolesSpringer Journals

Published: May 15, 2008

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