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SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE EFFECTS ON ADOLESCENTS Social Media and the Effects on Adolescents Khara Tapley University of Maryland University College WRTG 101 6962 Research supported Cause/Effect Final March 15, 2017
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SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE EFFECTS ON ADOLESCENTS 2 Social Media and the Effects on Adolescents Research indicates that social media is the cause of self-esteem issues in adolescents; some of the effects are body image issues in adolescent girls, teens faking their self-presentation, and effects on self-esteem. Social media has grown immensely over the past few years, providing a wide variety of social networks where teens and young adults link together and share personal information, self- portraits (selfies), and status updates. While at first glance, the ability for teens to connect with their peers on social media is seemingly harmless, the effects of the likes and or dislikes can highly influence the way they feel about themselves. Young girls are beginning to experience body image issues early in life due to whether they feel accepted or “liked” by their peers. The idea of not being accepted by their peers drives them to fake their self-presentation by altering their pictures they post of themselves. They want to either appear older, skinnier, or even prettier. This is turn effects their self-esteem, which can lead to depression, social anxiety, or a lower self-worth. Psychological research indicates that social media is the cause of self-esteem issues in adolescents, of which some of the effects are body image issues in adolescent girls, adolescents to fake their self -presentation, and effects on self-esteem. Research has found that the effects of body image issues can cause weight dissatisfaction, a drive for thinness, and self-presentation. According to Knorr, A study by the Keep It Real Campaign found that 80 percent of ten-year old American girls have been on a diet (Knorr, 2014). In todays’ day and age, thanks to social media and the addictive need for posting pictures, kids are constantly viewing bikini ready bodies, causing them to strive for the “perfect” look. Why do they turn to social media to validate their body image? Young girls and teens thrive on acceptance from their parents, peers, and online friends. Media images of ideal beauty permeate
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