How Women View Body Positivity Posts on Social Media

A new study found that Instagram users who sense self-promotion or corporate marketing underlying a body positivity message may be put off by the blended messaging.

During the research women viewed manufactured Instagram posts that borrowed body positivity messages and hashtags (like #bopo) from actual users. All the posts contained the original body positivity message, but some posts also asked viewers for a like or a follow or advertised for a product or service.

The researchers determined that participants found those posts with self-promotion or advertising to be less appropriate morally and/or insincere in the poster’s support of the body positivity movement in comparison with posts that weren’t promotion or advertising.

Self-promotion was consistently viewed by participants to be less negative than corporate advertising but viewers didn’t consider corporate marketing to offensive or inappropriate, according to the study’s authors.

 

Soft Bodied Robots For Medical Use Created by Research Team

Researchers from the Ohio State University and Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered a way to send very small, “soft robots” into humans.

These could lead the way to less invasive surgeries as well as a delivery method for treatments for conditions ranging from colon polyps, to artery blockages, to stomach cancer.

Under their new system, doctors would steer the soft robot inside the body using magnetic fields. The robots are like a small actuator and because they are navigated wirelessly it makes their use far less invasive.

The soft robot is composed of a magnetic polymer; a soft composite that has magnetic particles mixed in which allows it to be controlled remotely by magnetic field.

This concept isn’t entirely new but the soft body of the robot is and this feature means less damage to the body traditional robots with hard bodies.