Now, academics have told British legislators that internet memes can contribute to the British obesity crisis and hurt large-scale teens.…
Now, academics have told British legislators that internet memes can contribute to the British obesity crisis and hurt large-scale teens.
Memes carries dangerous health-related messages and shows unhealthy eating habits, researchers from Loughborough University wrote in a letter sent to a British parliamentary committee.
“A large number of people on Twitter share health-related Internet memes with both positive and negative messages,” they wrote and noted that many “contain inappropriate content.”
A picture of an obese child with the text “Free food? Count me!” was sent along with the letter as an example of a meme that the researchers found dangerous.
The academics were also concerned about a meme that created a human body from pics of pizza and hamburgers, with frankfurters used for limbs and a smiley-faced potato for a face.
The body was captioned “me” and placed together with images of three well-defined bodies for comparison.
“The vast majority of sharers show little, if any feelings, when they share these memes,” the academics commented. 19659007] “Just washed this chocolate cake with soap”, read the caption to another image included in the letter, along with #cleaneating.
“Internetmasters are usually considered entertaining, but they also represent a body of cultural practices that do not respond to the specific needs and rights of teenagers,” warned the researchers.
“Unhealthy Lifestyles cost NHS billion annually,” they added that “the dangers of incorrect / inappropriate health issues” contained in memes could be a contributing factor.
The letter was sent to a committee that analyzed the effects of social media use on youth health.
The authors suggested that teens should review the underlying themes in the memes they see, rather than just enjoying them.
“It is worrying that Internet content content … produces an overwhelming sense of happiness, regardless of the underlying tone or
” If Internet memes carry political, corporate or other agendas without priorities tailored to the needs of 13-16 year olds, then they are able to harm in a large scale, “they said.
They also noted that memes” have the potential to normalize unwanted behaviors, “and often” contain inappropriate material or fool others on race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, body shape, religion, diet. “