Inside is a research project, aiming to identify how and why Bulgarian women with eating disorders use Instagram. The project combines different visual techniques such as graphic design, animation, videography and journalistic articles to represent the findings gathered through questionnaires and interviews.
The data portrays how Bulgarian women with eating disorders, between the age of 18 and 35 use Instagram. What we ask is whether Instagram is a safer place and people easily share their thoughts, is it a way of escaping reality and portraying your world and life as perfect or it is a method of finding adherents and entering communities.
‘Stigma and shame that come with society’s misunderstanding of eating disorders contribute to the need of finding creative ways to connect’
– Dias (2003 p. 32)
‘Social media is a place, where I quietly compare myself to everybody else.’
‘ I was ‘feeding’ myself through lots of videos of delicious and ultimately healthy dishes, while in real life I was forbidding myself to put a bite in my mouth.’
‘ I believe each social media channel makes us more powerful – everybody feels more confident and is willing to be bold, to get out of their shell and to share more than the usual. ‘
So what was [inside]?
Here is a short summary of the general findings.
For more information check the Discussion page.
- 9 people think they have a combination of eating disorders
- 11 people have an Instagram account
- 12 people say their account is not connected to the eating disorder
- 7 people don't share their thoughts online