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Instagram and the Art of Curation
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Purpose: To examine the role that reflective, conscious curation of body-image-related Instagram
content has on users and the suitability of participant diaries in collecting this information.
Methods: Three female Instagram users took part in a qualitative phenomenological study where
they completed participant diaries on curating the content of their personal Instagram accounts.
A debrief interview took place after the journaling concluded. Data was then separated into
significant statements and coded into themes.
Findings: Data presented in this study demonstrates the benefits of this practice experienced by
the participants indicating that this is a useful skill for social media users to be aware of and
develop as it can have a real-world impact. However, participants are limited by the structural
restrictions of Instagram itself.
Conclusion: While Instagram’s structural limitations impact individual content curation, it was
found that users were also applying the skill to areas beyond body image-related content.
Findings may also be applied to future digital literacy strategies and initiatives.
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