Research + News | Topic: Girls
Feb 26, 2021
10-Year Study Shows Elevated Suicide Risk From Excess Social Media Time For Teen Girls
Girls who used social media for at least two to three hours per day at the beginning of the study–when they were about 13 years old–and then greatly increased their use over time were at a higher clinical risk for suicide as emerging adults. Read the article here.
Jan 13, 2021
The Paradox Of Online “Body Positivity”
It has always sucked to compare yourself to the prettiest girl in school, but it sucks a lot more to feel like everybody else in the entire world is the prettiest girl in school. Read the article here.
Jul 27, 2020
‘It’s Not Worth It’: Young Women On How TikTok Has Warped Their Body Image
Seven women in their teens and 20s told NBC News that the content they viewed on TikTok had pushed them to fixate more on their diets and exercise regimens to a dangerous extent. Read the article here
May 15, 2020
How Social Media Harms Boys And Girls Differently
For girls, social media may be more harmful than heroin. Read the article here.
Mar 16, 2020
Young Women Often Face Sexual Harassment Online – Including On Dating Sites And Apps
Online dating has grown in popularity, but many young women report experiencing some form of harassment on these platforms, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. Read the article here.
Feb 26, 2020
‘Metabolism Drops’ Recall: What To Know About TikTok’s Latest Dangerous Trend
The maker of Metabolism Drops, Rae Wellness, has issued a recall after teens began promoting this weight-loss supplement on TikTok. Read the article here.
Feb 25, 2020
Selfies Could Be A Source Of Anxiety And Body Shame For Teen Girls
Researchers say stressing over which selfies to post could become problematic. Read the article here.
Feb 20, 2020
When Parents Should Worry About Teen Girls Sharing Selfies
When adolescent girls spend too much time agonizing over which photo of themselves to post, or rely heavily on editing apps to alter their images, there may be cause for concern. Read the article here.
Jul 30, 2019
Girls Report More Harassment Amid Rise In US Cyberbullying
There’s a rise in cyberbullying nationwide, with three times as many girls reporting being harassed online or by text message than boys, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Read the article here.
Jul 3, 2019
Neuroscience Explains Why Instagram Is So Bad For Teen Girls
Thanks to ongoing brain development and increased sensitivity to dopamine (a neurotransmitter associated with motivation, pleasure and reward), teenagers are more likely to crave reward-based experiences. And, because their prefrontal cortex (the area associated with understanding, evaluation and decision-making) is still developing, social interactions greatly shape impulse control and critical thinking.
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