Online communities have become a helpful resources for those suffering from mental illness. We analyzed conversations on Twitter to understand the depth and breadth of conversations surrounding mental illness online.
Weight Loss Fakers
Unrealistic expectations of body image come from far more than just Photoshop. See how anyone can alter their appearance with a handful of simple steps.
Am I Ugly?
What started as a YouTube phenomenon among “tween-age” girls is now affecting young people of all types. Thounds are gathering to ask “am I ugly?”
Body Image International
This project explores how perceptions of body image vary between US and international respondents.
The Psychology of Freemium
“Freemium” games that are free to download but include options to pay to unlock new features are growing in popularity. This eye-opening piece uncovers the psychology behind freemium games and how they fuel addictive behaviors that lead to in-app spending.
Body Image Perceptions on Instagram
A disturbing trend is taking hold online: the rise of communities encouraging and glorifying eating disorders. This project analyzes 330,000 Instagram posts to show the prevalence of the “thinspiration” movement and it’s threat across the United States.
The Evolution of Miss America
Miss America has long represented the American ideal of beauty; however, over time, Miss America has come to typify an unhealthy ideal. This interactive timeline showcases the changing standard of beauty over the years.
Male Body Image and the Average Athlete
This project examines professional athletes’ body types compared to the average man to show how unrealistic expectations and standards may be fueling unhealthy pursuits toward “perfection.”
Sexual Assaults on Campus
Recent studies reveal that one in five women will be sexually assaulted during her college years. This project digs deeper into this staggering statistic to understand the issue at a state and campus level.
Mental Health Misconceptions
More education is needed in order to reduce the negative misconceptions about mental health disorders. We surveyed over 2,000 people to analyze current perceptions and knowledge about mental health conditions.