Instant Objectification

Tahsin Bakth


Tahsin Bakth (Tuh-seen Buk-th) is a fourth-year Professional Communications student at X University (formerly known as Ryerson University). In her spare time, she’s an avid reader and a passionate creative writer. Her professional experiences have mostly been in administrative or customers service positions, but she has done a lot of volunteer work writing blogs and doing some social media work for the Toronto Public Library and X University Library. She is currently working as an Events and Volunteer Assistant for the Continuing Education Students’ Union at X University (CESAX), where she recruits, trains, and supervises the union’s volunteers. She hopes to one day be a published author and continue to work in the communications field.

Research Summary

Is there a connection between self-objectification and seeking validation from selfie likes or comments on Instagram?

We live in a digital world, and social plays a large role in the average person’s everyday life. Instagram is one of the most popular social media apps in the world, and is a highly visual platform that allows its users to post images of themselves that other people can like and comment on. How does impact people who live a world that objectifies their bodies and judges them based on their physical appearance? I was curious about this topic because of my not-so-great personal experiences using Instagram, and sought to answer the question above through my research. If you would like to learn more about how I did this, and what the results were, please check out my research project’s website or watch my video.


socialmedia; Instagram; bodyimage; self-objectification

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