Social Media's Affects on Today's Teenagers
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Social media anxiety: Sites like Facebook, Twitter stressing teens out?

Social media anxiety: Sites like Facebook, Twitter stressing teens out? | Social Media's Affects on Today's Teenagers | Scoop.it
For most teens, social media is an important part of their daily lives – but for some – sites like Facebook and Twitter can be a source of anxiety
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As fun as social media can be, it has been shown to cause a whole lot of stress. Mental health consultant Stefanie Weiss says that kids have started to base their self-worth on the number of likes they get on Instagram or Facebook photos, comments, follows and friend-requests. There are many ways these things can cause lots of anxiety, one being insecurities about the quantity of followers or friends a person has. If a friend has a lot more followers than you, you can become jealous easily and worried about how you’re going to try and get as many, if not more, than them. You can feel really rejected by this as well, which can give some teens feelings of depression. One huge problem that many teens are affected by is posting something and not being able to take it back. It could be a negative comment of some sort, and if you can’t apologize or remove it, the stress could practically eat you alive. This also relates to parents seeing what is on your phone, and the constant stress of “did they see who I was texting when my phone was lying on the couch?”. 

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What Facebook, Twitter, Tinder, Instagram, and Internet Porn Are Doing to America’s Teenage Girls

What Facebook, Twitter, Tinder, Instagram, and Internet Porn Are Doing to America’s Teenage Girls | Social Media's Affects on Today's Teenagers | Scoop.it
With the rise of social media, young men are taught that they have the right to expect everything from submission to sex from their female peers. What is this doing to our young women?
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In this article, Nancy Jo Sales talks about how teenagers have become obsessed with social media, and use it as a way to easily get with others, sometimes even sexually. Sales found four girls at a L.A. mall to talk to about the topic, and they all had similar things to say about the new forms of communication. One girl simply said that social media was destroying their lives. When Sales asked why they don’t just get off it, another replied by saying that then, they would have no life. And, because of this social media, girls are exposed to people like Kendall Jenner, sister of the Kardashians, who posts bikini shots on Instagram at the age of 16 and gets 10,000 likes. They see that’s what you do to get attention, says Kim Goldman, director of the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project. All these pictures and posts are causing girls to become insecure about their own bodies, wanting to impress guys more and more as they enter their years of adolescence. 

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Coach Suspends ENTIRE TEAM For CyberBullying, Demands ...

"A Utah high school football coach blindsided his players when he announced last weekend he was suspending all 80 of them — and warned that they had to earn ...
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Last weekend, high school football coach Matt Labrum, suspended his entire team of 80 players for cyber-bullying. The players of Roosevelt’s Union High were required to fulfill a number of requirements in order to get back on the squad, or essentially earn “the privilege to play”. The website being used was Ask.fm, a site where you can go to someone’s account and anonymously ask questions, or in many cases such as this one, cyber-bully. Labrum found evidence on the website of his players bullying a particular student, and decided to take action immediately. He said that he felt that the young men were going in a direction that he didn’t think they should be going in. 

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How Facebook Is Affecting The Minds Of Generation Next

How Facebook Is Affecting The Minds Of Generation Next | Social Media's Affects on Today's Teenagers | Scoop.it
When it comes to teens and their social media habits, there's some great news and some not-so-great news. It can make your child a fast learner, but it is also associated with a host of psychological disorders.
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Teens and their social media habits don’t normally mix well, but sometimes can benefit the lives of the young adults.  According to recent research by Larry D. Rosen, Ph.D., it can make your child a fast learner, yet is also associated with a selection of psychological disorders.  He says that social networking is like training wheels for life, for teens. They post information and see how people react, learning as they go. A major benefit of this is that shy teens have a chance to become more comfortable and outgoing. Rosen also says this is because even though the websites are public, you feel somewhat anonymous because there is a screen in front of you. Another way social media is beneficial is that more people on Facebook have become very empathetic, commenting things like “Text me if you need anything” on a friend’s post about them having a hard day. However, many of these teen Facebook users have also become more narcissistic, and because they are always checking their different accounts during school and study sessions, many lower grades have been reported among teens all over. 

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'Thigh Gap': New Teen Body Obsession?

'Thigh Gap': New Teen Body Obsession? | Social Media's Affects on Today's Teenagers | Scoop.it
A new body trend is apparently becoming an obsession among teenage girls. It’s the thigh gap — a clear space, or gap, that can be seen between the thighs when a girl is standing with her knees together.
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The thigh gap is a clear space, or gap, that can be seen between the thighs when a girl is standing with her knees together. Recently, it has symbolized the “ideal body shape” for teens all around the world. On social media sites such as Tumblr, images of these thigh gaps as well as bony collarbones make girls feel like they have to conform, according to four teen girls who talked to ABC News’ Juju Chang about the topic. There are even specific blogs and accounts that specifically post pictures of collarbones of models and very thing girls with protruding hip bones and a thigh gap. These are meant to encourage and inspire girls, but are usually confidence-crushing. Teen psychologist Barbara Greenberg says that statistics show 80 percent of girls dislike their bodies by the time they reach the age of seventeen. This, along with all of the over-shared photos cause many girls to be very vulnerable to the subtle messages most blogs give off. Around the world, girls have even become so insecure about their bodies that they have developed eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and more. 

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