A model gets a new hair style. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Sarah Chouafei, a young veiled woman, said she started to change her look after spending more time on social media.In recent years, researchers around the world have been talking about the possible repercussions of social media on young people's self-image and confidence, and those in Lebanon are no different.Sarah Mallat, an instructor in media studies and affiliated researcher at the Lebanese American University and the American University of Beirut, said that physical appearance is becoming more important as a marker of social standing for many in Lebanon. This, she said, demonstrates changing values in society. "We shouldn't forget that Arabs have a culture of collectivity, making it easier for families, friends or partners to give their opinion and practice a form of pressure on others' appearance," Mallat said.For the younger generation, social media might have taken this to another level by broadening their circle of friends or "followers".
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