triple j’s current affairs program, Hack, has launched a new crowdsourced investigation on how social media affects body image and eating disorders.
As part of this, they are keen to hear what kind of content is being shown on social media, and how that influences relationships with food and exercise.
Also whether fitness trackers, diet trends and exercise challenges make these problems worse. Plus how tech companies handle complaints and if Australian laws are strong enough to hold them accountable.
To contribute to the investigation, submit stories to the Hack website.
The new project comes off the back of last year’s Hack and ABC’s Four Corners crowdsourced investigation on dating apps, which exposed how predators use dating apps to lure their victims.
Incredibly, that project led to lasting policy change, including greater security and reporting features on apps like Bumble and Tinder.
On the importance of Hack’s newest crowdsourced investigation, host Avani Dias says “You told us in our ‘What’s Up In Your World’ survey that the posts you were being fed on social media made you feel unhappy about your bodies. There’s not a huge amount of research about exactly how tech influences the way we view ourselves, but we do know it’s a big problem. We want your help to investigate this, so we can all make these platforms safer.”