The so-called reality or standards that social media continues to enforce is reshaping people’s social norms and attitudes, leaving more and more people left with either very poor self-esteem, or with the motivation to reach those standards take on very physically and mentally unhealthy behaviours and attitudes.

Join Alexandra Petrache, Senior Behavioural Science Analyst and Millie Morgan, Research Executive and cofounder of HRW Eavesdrop, our innovative social media listening offering, as they share part 1 of our 3-part podcast series surrounding the relationship between social media, mental health and the depiction around these social aspects online using linguistic analysis techniques.


If you particularly enjoyed this months episode, or have a question you’d like to be answered, please feel free to contact the Shift team on shift@hrwhealthcare.com or head over to HRW Shift Twitter


1.What we don’t talk about when we talk about fat by Aubrey Gordon

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