Women with eating disorder (ED) experience do not see internet use as only positive or negative - their views are often mixed and contradictory. Internet use is dynamic, depending on the current phase of the illness and related needs.
Internet is appealing because it can fulfill need for ED-related information and body image needs. It also provides possibilities for social connections, support, comparison, and feedback.
Online environment provides means for sharing content for self-actualization and disclosure needs.
Women with ED experience are not always active in selecting online content. On contrary, they face unwanted information and information overload.