Facebook, Teenagers, and Self-esteem
Social Sites are eating away the major time of most of our teenagers. Here is an alert to all, a Christian perspective on this subject written by Berni Dyment, the CEO of Christianity Works.
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Our teenagers are now connected to their social network 24/7. Most of them sleep with their mobile phones. And so they discover who they are these days much more through their social network than from their parents.
An article reporting some research on the impact of Facebook on teenagers’ self-esteem in my local newspaper caught my eye recently. And to be honest, it confirmed everything we old fogeys had suspected all along about the impact of social media. The question is, what do we as parents and grandparents, aunties, uncles and friends do to help our young folk?
The Upshot of the Article
, entitled Under the sway of social media
has this to say:
The more time teenage girls spend on social media – caught in a world of competition for likes on Facebook, posting weight-loss progress selfies on Instagram – the more likely they are to be dissatisfied with their bodies and have low self-esteem.
|Berni Dymet,CEO ChristianityWorks
It goes on to report a study of girls who were first interviewed in years 8 and 9, and then again in years 10 and 11, which asked them about their social media habits and self-esteem. 90% of them had a Facebook account with an average of 475 friends each. All of them were uploading pictures of themselves onto the internet. Over the course of the study, the time they spent on social media had blown out from one and three-quarter hours to two and a half hours a day.
That by the way is fully 10% of their time each and every day!!
This is what the research concluded:
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