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New Research On Teens Suggest

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Teens’ social media use has increased dramatically. Today, 70 percent of teens report using social media more than once a day. In 2012, that number was 34 percent.

Most American teenagers have a smartphone. The number of teens with a smartphone more than doubled since 2012, from 41 percent up to 89 percent. Looking at only 13- to 14-year-olds, 84 percent now have a smartphone, and 93 percent have some type of mobile device such as a tablet.

Facebook is out. Instagram and Snapchat are in. But you probably already knew this. One 16-year-old participant, when asked in the study whom she does communicate with on Facebook, replied, “My grandparents.”

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Fifty-seven percent agree that using social media often distracts them when they should be doing homework. Overall, teens’ preference for face-to-face communication has fallen, while more and more teens are choosing social media and video-chatting as a favorite way to communicate.

Many teens seem to recognize that social media platforms are designed to keep them hooked. Seventy-two percent believe that tech companies manipulate users to spend more time on their devices.

Nevertheless, many teens say that using social media has a positive effect on how they feel about themselves. Teens were more likely to say that social media has a positive rather than a negative effect on how they feel (though most say it doesn’t make much difference one way or the other).

Importance of Social Media

3. Recognize the importance of social-emotional learning (SEL).

Common knowledge tells us that teens’ social-emotional well-being is important to their overall health and ability to learn. But, the study reveals, it also has a big impact on how teens view their interactions on social media.

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A community — comprised of proud readers, book stores, libraries, publishing houses, and more — has become an online safe haven for bibliophiles. The content has been considered beautiful and engaging, but the photos and captions work to inspire others to pick up a book in an increasingly digital era.

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Cosmetic Surgeons Say Patients are Requesting to Look Like Snapchat or Instagrams Touch-Up Photos

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Three dermatologists from the Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center are worried over how people are increasingly adjusting their appearances in order to attain unrealistic standards of beauty.

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Cosmetic Surgeons Say More Patients Requesting To Look Like touched Up Snapchat & Instagram Photos

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Plastic surgeons say patients are coming to them with selfies of themselves edited using the filters on Snapchat or Instagram and asking to look more like the retouched photo.

Researchers at the Boston medical center have authored an article in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, which labels the trend “Snapchat dysmorphia” and argues that filters on apps are having a disastrous impact on people’s self-esteem.

Snapchat comes with a range of filters that immediately distort photos using artificial intelligence. They can make skin appear smoother, lashes look longer and bone structure appear more angular.

The report says these filters are sometimes triggering body dysmorphic disorder, a mental illness that leads to compulsive tendencies such as excessive beauty procedures, wasting hours obsessing over non-existent flaws and withdrawing from social activities.

This trend is really concerning to doctors because filters on Snapchat provide not just idealistic standards of beauty but entirely unhuman ones, presenting “an unattainable look and are blurring the line of reality and fantasy for these patients”, according to the report.

Separately from patients specifically trying to look like their selfies, over half of plastic surgeons also report patients saying that they are seeking procedures so they can look better in selfies, according to the report.

Airbrushed, unrealistic representations of women in fashion magazines have been blamed for the increasing incidences of eating disorders and body dysmorphia in women and teenage girls. Third-party apps like Line Camera and Facetune gave users easy tools to make their faces appear thinner, more symmetrical and blemish-free, before posting them to Facebook. 

The new report revealed that the kinds of facial surgery people are requesting has changed too. Previously, nose jobs were the most common request, but today people specifically want procedures that will have effects similar to selfie filters, such as nasal and facial symmetry, rhinoplasties, hair transplants and eyelid surgical procedures.

A photo of Frida Kahlo that Snapchat created for International Women’s Day in 2017, which was criticised for lightening her skin and making her features appear more symmetrical.
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 A photo of Frida Kahlo that Snapchat created for International Women’s Day in 2017, which was criticised for lightening her skin and making her features appear more symmetrical. Composite: Alamy & Snapchat

Instagram’s New IGTV Competing With You Tube

 

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Video will be available through Instagram or a new app called IGTV. The initiative comes as parent company Facebook struggles to attract teens.  Instagram Chief Executive Kevin Systrom said he hopes IGTV will become as a hub of creativity for relative unknowns who turn into internet sensations with fervent followings among teens and young adults.

YouTube now has 1.8 billion users.Instagram, which Facebook bought for $1 billion six years ago, now has 1 billion users, up from 800 million nine months ago.More importantly, 72% of U.S. children ages 13 to 17 use Instagram, second to YouTube at 85%, according to the Pew Research Center. Only 51% of kids in that group now use Facebook, down from 71% from a similar Pew survey in 2014-15.

 

Instagram Opens New Office In New York

 

  • Instagram recently opened its New York office, and plans to house up to 50 percent of its engineering staff there.
  • New York allows a change of scenery for people in the Bay Area who want to relocate and could help Instagram to recruit from other talent pools, like people in finance.
  • The company estimates it will have 350 employees by the end of 2018 in its New York office, including one-third of its engineering staff.II
  • Instagram’s Insta worthy NYC headquarters serves unlimited free booze and gelato  

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    Kevin Systrom, co‑founder of Instagram

    A New York presence also allows Instagram to recruit from different talent pools, including people who are in finance

 

Research Reveal Ways In Which Social Media Can Affect Your Mental Health

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It Creates Unrealistic Expectations About Life

Things we see in places like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter—is often a window into exaggerated and even misleading versions of peoples’ lives.

People surveyed across the United Kingdom, Spain, France and Italy and found that over 66 percent of the people surveyed make posts on social media designed to make it look like their lives are more interesting and adventure-filled than they actually are.

52 percent of British people surveyed said they post pictures specifically to make their friends and families jealous. Self-images and self-worth are distorted until we realize we can’t live up to what we’ve created about ourselves on the Internet. It’s a vicious cycle.

It Makes Us Sadder

Studies are becoming increasingly clear: these “social connections” actually increase our mental anxieties and stress.

Another study conducted by the Young Health Movement and the Royal Society for Public Health surveyed found that 14 to 24-year-olds believe that social media is worsening bullying, body image anxiety, and feelings of depression and loneliness. Instagram was found to be the worst offender.

 

It Makes You Irrationally Jealous

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Ernie from high school that you never thought was going to go anywhere in life has somehow managed to make a living traveling the world and experiencing the finer things in life — all through a glorious set of perfectly curated filters.

And you? You work in an office. You get two vacations a year—every year—and you usually spend them in bed, hiding away from the world outside for a couple days. Ugh.

A study conducted last year by Kaspersky Lab showed that the more people use social media, the more jealous they become of their peers.

Ruined Relationships

A study from researchers at the University of Michigan examined the association between attachment insecurity and electronic intrusion (unhealthy stalking of peoples’ significant others using social media). The researchers found that, in high schoolers, higher levels of attachment anxiety (and trust issues) were associated with more frequent use of electronic intrusion. Meaning that the more you use social media, the more likely you are to be too far up your significant other—shocker—the less likely you are to trust one another.

It’s Highly Addictive

Its creators specifically designed them to be addictive.

 

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