Social Media and the secret lives of teenagers
By Nancy Jo Sales (2016)
The author writes very authentically on the idea of how social media affects American girls nowadays. It is very painful to read this book. It gives you a very sad picture of what is happening in America and the future generation.
If I ever have a child whether boy or girl (especially if its a girl), I will not want to raise him or her up in America.
The young teenage girls are crazy over Kim Kardashian and wants to be like her. Kim launches her book “Selfish”, a collection of selfies and nudes. It was Kim naked in a bathroom mirror, clutching her naked breast, leaning naked over a bathroom sink…
Kim had become social media’s biggest star. In 2006, she had just 856 friends on Myspace, now she had over 31 million followers on Instagram. Kim’s fame actually started due to a leaked sex tape with her boyfriend then. Kim successfully used the technological tools now available to almost everyone to get what everyone wanted. I find it very sad that the book even mentioned one line “You are a role model for my daughters,” said someone’s mother.
In a 2014 survey, YouTube Stars are more popular than mainstream celebs among U.S Teens.Beauty gurus are popular with American girls. Girls are more hookup on social media than guys. In a 2015 study at University College London found a possible link between anxiety in girls ages 11-13 and seeing images of women being sexually objectified on social media. Girls this age were more likely to feel nervous or show lack of confidence than they were 5 years ago. There is also a sharp spike in emotional problems among girls.
The problem of cyber bullying was prevalent too. Girls are more often the victims of cyberbullying than boys. Even on social media example Instagram pictures, if you don’t like or comment on them, someone can get offended and it can cause some drama.
I think America is a great country, but to read it in more details, it is very depressing. In fact, I only finished 3/4 of the book, and couldn’t continue.