IRTIS members Nikol Kvardová, Hana Macháčková, and David Šmahel authored a new study The Direct and Indirect Effects of Online Social Support, Neuroticism, and Web Content Internalization on the Drive for Thinness among Women Visiting Health-Oriented Websites published in the prestegious International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
One of the debates about media usage is the potential harmful effect that it has on body image and related eating disturbances because of its representations of the “ideal body”. This study focuses on the drive for thinness among the visitors of various health-oriented websites and online platforms because neither has yet been sufficiently studied in this context. Specifically, this study aims to bring more insight to the risk factors which can increase the drive for thinness in the users of these websites. We tested the presumption that web content internalization is a key factor in this process, and we considered the effects of selected individual factors, specifically the perceived online social support and neuroticism. We utilized survey data from 445 Czech women (aged 18–29, M = 23.5, SD = 3.1) who visited nutrition, weight loss, and exercise websites. The results showed a positive indirect link between both perceived online social support and neuroticism to the drive for thinness via web content internalization. The results are discussed with regard to the dual role of online support as both risk and protective factor. Moreover, we consider the practical implications for eating behavior and weight-related problems with regard to prevention and intervention.
Interactions between adolescents and unknown people from the internet
IRTIS members Vojtěch Mýlek, Lenka Dědková and Hana Macháčková authored a new study focusing on the predictors of online communication and offline face-to-face meetings between adolescents and unknown people from the internet. The study was published in Children and Youth Services Review.
Children's experiences with cyberhate - new research report
New EU Kids Online report investigates the topic of cyberhate, hateful content on the internet, and the related experiences of children from 10 European countries. Our findings show that encountering cyberhate is becoming a prevalent experience for children, though it varies across the investigated countries.
New report: User testing of mobile banking authentication methods
This report summarizes the results of an applied research project focused on the user-friendliness of selected authentication methods, specifically for verifying a person’s identity in digital communication. The project was funded by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic and conducted in cooperation with AHEAD iTec, s.r.o.
EU Kids Online 2020 report is here!
On the occasion of the international Safer Internet Day, we are publishing the EU Kids Online 2020 research report. The report sums up the results of an extensive research that mapped online behaviour of children aged 9-16 years old in 19 countries. Over 25 thousand children took part in this unique research, making it the biggest endeavour of its kind in the world.