Social Media and Secret Lives of American Teenage Girls

Once upon a time only the rich and privileged could afford to have their portraits small, select circle of artists. With the advent of photography parents all walks of life can have pictures of their children, who were coveted as the documents, their development and a way to show their innocent beauty and charm for family and friends.
Today, smart phones and social media, we are all in our hands the broadcast media, our pride and joy in the world. We cultivate our own line of children from birth - or even before, in the womb. Ninety-two percent of American children online presence under the age of 2. Parents after nearly 1,000 images of children on the Internet before their fifth birthday. «Sharenting» gave a new dimension to the parents: the audience with ratings.
The usual discussion focused on whether to post pictures of their children online - or allowing children to do it - is safe in terms of confidentiality or security. And as we saw in the recent kidnapping and murder of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell Blacksburg, Virginia, concerns about online predators are more than just a moral panic: they are caused by something real. Lovell reportedly corresponded with one of her alleged killer, 18-year-old David Eisenhower, Virginia Tech student, on Kik Messenger, famous among children as a place for the exchange of sexts and nude selfies app.
But while we are consumed tangible danger messenging services such as kick, Yik Yak, after-school and other anonymous apps, we may be missing various influences: our own behavior. Children today are often accused of being narcissistic, but they can teach their exhibitionist way from their parents. The boom in selfie culture accompanied by rising competitive spirit as well as the alarming trend of sexuality. He loves, heart, holding his finger - check is just one touch. And one of the easiest ways to get the check, looking hot. Sex sells, whether you are 13 or 35.

So it should come as no surprise that in this atmosphere, the new technology, and the exchange of sexting nude replaced by other forms of intimacy. And it's a girl - our daughters, granddaughters and nieces - who are most at risk in this online environment that combines age-old sexism to a new concept of sexual liberation through to be provocative. Girls who post provocative pictures often suffer slut shame on - and offline. Girls often focus on cyberbullying attacks that focus on their sexuality.
I spent the last two and a half years, the study of my new book, American women: social media and the secret life of teenagers visiting 10 countries and speak more than 200 girls. He was talking to the girls themselves, which led me to the issue of social media and what sexuality is doing everything to their psyche. How it affects their self-esteem? Tweens and teens, I spoke often been very concerned about the way the cultures of social media has an impact on their self-image and their relationships with friends and partners explore the potential. They were often very aware of the adverse effects of girls' sexuality - but are not always sure what to do about it.
"Sexism is filtered on a new arena, that adults do not see or understand, because they do not use social media as well," says Katie, a student who I interviewed in Barnard. "They think, Oh, how can there be nothing wrong here if it's just Snapchat and Instagram - it's just a game." But if this is a game unlike any other we have ever played. And the rate for girls could not be higher.
The victim is not a word I would use to describe the kind of girls I've seen, survive and thrive in the atmosphere that has become very hostile to them a lot of time. How can this be, when the girls graduated from college in amounts more than ever before, when they become leaders in their chosen fields in large quantities? From what we hear American women are among the most preferred and successful women in the world. But to say that the 13-year-old, who is called a whore, and feels that she can not go to a school class, because everything will be looked at her text messages about it on their phones.
So why do some girls after sexual photos? Why they are complicit in this potentially very self-undermining socialmedia aspect of culture? "I think it's just to get attention," explains Lily, 14-year-old in Garden City, New York, where I studied a group of girls for a book. "This should get love. All about love. "
If the construction of social media presence is similar to the construction of the brand, then it makes a twisted kind of sense of the girls - is subjected to sexualised images from a very early age and their parents called an obsession with self-adhesive promotion - advertise them online yourself with sex. By doing so, they are also an example of the most successful social media celebrities.

seema khan

Author & Editor

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