Research + News | Topic: Identity
Jul 14, 2021
TikTok’s Catfish Problem Is Worse Than You Think
Several creators have been called out for faking their age and their race. Read the article here.
Mar 12, 2021
Selfie-Image Problem: 9 In 10 Young Women Edit, Filter Photos Before Posting Them Online
Most young women in the survey said they’re frequently bombarded with tailored ads for beauty products and cosmetic surgeries. Read the article here.
Feb 8, 2021
How Smartphones Can Help You Become Trans
Plume is a new medical service that allows people to go online and get whatever they want… including gender reassignment hormones and medical letters of support for reassignment surgery… all without actually seeing a doctor. 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.
Oct 21, 2020
Trans Teens Are Using TikTok To Raise Money For Their Surgery
After struggling on Instagram and other platforms, transgender people are using TikTok’s unique attributes to bypass waiting lists and raise money for expensive gender transition operations. Read the article here.
May 10, 2019
What We Can Learn About Leading Students From Instagram
How should some recent experiments and changes on Instagram inform our leadership? Read the blog post from Tim Elmore here.
Apr 17, 2018
China’s Selfie Culture: Youth Obsessed With The Power Of Appearances
Meitu’s popular apps and a flippant attitude towards plastic surgery are changing what it means to be beautiful, but the result is not always pretty. Read the article here.
Mar 8, 2018
How Teens Use Fake Instagram Accounts To Relieve The Pressure Of Perfection
Fake Instagram accounts, often referred to as “finstas” or “spam accounts”, have become the norm for many teens – but their reasoning for creating these is not as sinister as you think. Read the article here.
Mar 7, 2018
Through Social Media, Teens Learn From Others’ Stories And Stand Up For Their Beliefs
Viacom research revealed that through social media, teens experience the power of hearing others’ voices – and of using their own. Read the article here.
Aug 18, 2017
Teens And The Distorted Reality Of Social Media
Instagram, Snapchat, Photoshop and special filters have created an aura of plastic beauty that makes our girls and boys feel less than, every second they scroll down their smartphone’s screen.
Read the full article here.