Women start feeling much more insecure about themselves after spending just an hour a day on social media Image: Pexels

Many modern celebrities are known for being excessive sharers on social media.

But it’s not just images of attractive celebrities that flood social media. Friends, acquaintances and strangers post images of themselves too, often editing them to disguise face blemishes, make cheeks rosier or to make their nose look smaller.

Women start feeling much more insecure about themselves after spending just an hour a day on social media, researchers warn.

Users experience a rise in concern about their looks. Feelings of pressure to exercise to be toned and slim also increase after that time.

Academics asked 100 women how long they spent online checking Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest before giving them a detailed questionnaire on body image.

Dr Martin Graff, who led the study, said: "There was a thin ideal for women before social media, that has been the case for decades.

"Women also use social media to compare themselves to their friends, who have filters to edit how they look.” 

Daily Mail and IOL