How Social Image is Posing a Threat In The World of Jenner-ation Y

At 13, I was just becoming aware of the worlds of Facebook and Instant Messenger. Cell phones still had tiny antennas and my internet usage was limited by my parents to under an hour a day. But for generation Y, the young Millennials who haven't known an existence without texting and Twitter, the concept of "social image" is unstoppably part of their conscious. Watching stars like Kendall and Kylie Jenner rise to social media superstardom influences young girls who are at an age when how they look has become a vital part of their existence. 56 "likes" define how beautiful one pre-teen is after she posts a filtered selfie, while another is gutted that she has only received 7 "likes". An already torturous time for teen confidence has become increasingly more challenging in this new digital age. [bctt tweet="How Social Image is Posing a Threat In The World of Jenner-ation Y"] While my awkward adolescent transformations are forever documented within the "2006" photo albums of my high school friends, girls now seem to be rapidly maturing from children to woman with barely an in-between. Just like how the Jenner sisters seemed to gracefully arise from the silly younger siblings of beauty queen Kim Kardashian to jaw-dropping mini moguls. Expectations of upholding a flawless outer layer for young girls is higher than ever before, and this could spell out trouble for their self confidence and self image in the long run. While the long term effects of heavily integrated social media can not be studied yet, we are already seeing problems surfacing. Reports of teens cracking under the pressure of social media are increasing, and leading to anxiety, depression, warped self image and, in extreme cases, even suicidal thoughts and actions. The most important lesson we can teach Generation Y (whether they are your children, younger siblings, etc) is that their value stretches far beyond taking the perfect selfie. People will be drawn to them for their inner personality and real-life, real-time beauty, and not their online persona. What are your tips to for teaching teens, or yourself, how to deal with social image?

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