Colorful candy, teen vibes and cool memes: prevalence and content of Instagram posts featuring ultra-processed products targeted at adolescents

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Colorful candy, teen vibes and cool memes: prevalence and content of Instagram posts featuring ultra-processed products targeted at adolescents

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GOLOSINAS COLORIDAS
ADOLESCENTES
MEMES
MARKETING
ALIMENTOS
POLITICA ALIMENTARIA
REDES SOCIALES
BIBLIOGRAFIA NACIONAL QUIMICA
2023

Abstract

Purpose The current research aimed to examine the prevalence of Instagram posts featuring ultra-processed products targeted at adolescents in Uruguay and hence investigate the frequency of such posts among a vulnerable consumer segment in a country that cannot be classified as WEIRD (i.e. Western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic). Design/methodology/approach The study relied on a cross-sectional content analysis. A total of 2,014 Instagram posts promoting ultraprocessed products or brands commercializing such products, generated by 118 Instagram accounts between August 15th, 2020, and February 15th, 2021, were analyzed. Nine indicators of food marketing targeted at adolescents were selected to identify posts targeted at this age segment. Inductive coding was used to describe the content of the posts. Descriptive statistics and generalized linear models were used to analyze the data. Findings In total, 17.6% of the posts were identified as targeted at adolescents. Graphic design and adolescent language were the most prevalent indicators of marketing targeted at adolescents, followed by explicit references to adolescents or young adults and memes. Posts identified as targeted at adolescents mainly promoted snacks and discretionary foods. Differences in the content of posts identified as targeted and not targeted at adolescents were observed. Research limitations/implications The analysis was restricted to one social media platform in one country during a limited period of time, which limits the generalizability of the findings to other media platforms, samples and settings. Social implications Results stress the need to implement digital food marketing regulations to reduce exposure of adolescents to the deleterious effects of stemming from marketing of unhealthy foods and provide empirical evidence to inform their development. Originality/value The study breaks new ground by analyzing

Autor

Ares, Gaston
Alcaire, Florencia
Gugliucci, Vanessa
Machín, Leandro


de León, Carolina


Natero, Virginia


Otterbring, Tobias

Fuente

European Journal of Marketing, 2023.

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Emerald

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2023

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26 p.

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Artículo

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10.1108/EJM-12-2022-0899

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Fecha de agregación
June 27, 2023
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Bibliografía Nacional Química
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Ares, Gaston, “Colorful candy, teen vibes and cool memes: prevalence and content of Instagram posts featuring ultra-processed products targeted at adolescents,” RIQUIM - Repositorio Institucional de la Facultad de Química - UdelaR, accessed February 27, 2024, https://riquim.fq.edu.uy/items/show/6650.
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