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How Girls Are Seeking (and Subverting) Approval Online

How Girls Are Seeking (and Subverting) Approval Online

From selfies to shout-outs, girls are using social media both to building up and subverting their self-image.

Kids have been comparing themselves to popular imagesTeens and social media, subverting in traditional media — and coming up short — is a well-researched phenomenon. But new studies are just beginning to determine the effects of social media — which is arguably more immediate and intimate — on the way kids view themselves. A Common Sense survey called Children, Teens, Media, and Body Image found that many teens who are active online fret about how they’re perceived, and that girls are particularly vulnerable:

  • 35 percent are worried about people tagging them in unattractive photos.
  • 27 percent feel stressed about how they look in posted photos.
  • 22 percent felt bad about themselves if their photos were ignored.

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