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A Lot of Talk about Girls and Social Media
- Member11/25/2019 at 3:08 PM
So I came across this on my Facebook (see link at the end) I am not a paid subscriber for Wall Street Journal, but there is a lot of talk about tween/teen girls and social media.
Basically, there is similar ideas stating that the use of social media is actually decreasing self-esteem, causing behavior disorders such as OCD, and depression.
I don’t doubt that social media will have some negative effects on tweens and teens (not limited to girls) based on their use. From what I can see my daughter’s friends all have unlimited access to social media and are on the phone 24/7. Many of them even sleep with their phones! We make our daughter leave the phone with us before bedtime.
There is also talk about the millennium generation displaying false appearances and lifestyles. I do not think this is limited to them because I see older people doing it too. Stating that it is unhealthy for people to present their lives as perfect and flawless then are embarrassed when people see something other off social media. I can their point in that. It is best to be real and to be you.
Yesterday there was a video about this as well. Thee talk of these topics seems to be increasing.
What are your thoughts?
- Member11/26/2019 at 5:09 PM
I couldn’t read the article because I’m not a subscriber but social media can be a bad idea for teen/tweens for sure. When they have their devices connected to social media too early and are glued to them 24/7 it opens them up to a world of not only adult situations but online bullies and other less than wholesome things. I’m really glad our kids’ schools make them turn off all devices and leave them in their lockers unless the teachers want them to be used in class. That gives them 6.5 – 7 hours of release from that and forces them to focus on their friends face to face and their school work (keeps their brains active). We put some pretty tight controls on their social media/screen time but not because we’re concerned about it affecting their mental health but rather because we’ve seen the kids of some friends get into some scary situations and want to keep our kids from falling into the traps and cracks.
- Member12/02/2019 at 6:25 PM
Girls tend to mature faster verbally and emotionally than boys. That is why you can see more cases of behavioral disorders in girls earlier, too.
Fake personas have always been around. It is so much easier to create and maintain one in social media than in person. Social life is a very important part of teen development. Now you mix social media with that and you will have more problems.
Living up to impossible standards have been around since advertising began. It spurs the sales of products including those that are not needed. Social media has given the power of Influencers at marketing’s disposal. It is all a mix-up of technology, marketing, public image. Things come and go so quickly as do social media relationships. We adults know how hard it is to keep up with new phrases and acronyms. Heck, even emojis can be difficult. I was recently corrected by my adult daughter about my “incorrect” use of an emoji – and that’s a drawing!!!
- Member12/02/2019 at 6:51 PM
- Member12/03/2019 at 8:15 AM
I couldn’t read the article either without creating an account which I won’t do.
Still voiced my opinions though!