Research + News | Topic: Identity
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.
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Dec 12, 2016
Instagram, Wattpad and YouNow Aren’t Just Apps – For Many Teens, They’re More Than That
Generation Z, the youngest wave of teens shaping the zeitgeist, is finding and building its own supportive, inclusive communities online — ones that stretch far beyond the cafeteria table. Read the article here.
Sep 22, 2016
A Quarter of Brits Fake Vacation Photos Online
The pressure to make other people feel miserable about their dreary, deskbound existences is so great that many of us have taken to faking images of our allegedly fabulous holidays. Read the article here.
May 17, 2016
Parents, Our Children Are Going Viral And It’s Not Always Good
Every day we have kids trending across social media for doing the stupidest things in the world. Read the article here.
Feb 22, 2016
Is Social Media Fueling A National Epidemic Of Teen Suicide?
Recent suicides underscore the disturbing increase in suicide amongst young people – up at least 13% from 2010. Read the article here.
Jan 13, 2016
The Surprisingly Depressing Experience of Going Viral
A viral video star writes about what overnight Internet fame taught him about real community, for Relevant Magazine. Read the article here.
Nov 5, 2015
What Happens When A Famous Instagram Teen Stops Being Polite and Starts Getting Real
Instagram-famous teen and Australian model Essena O’Neill is using the huge platform she amassed by posting bikini photos and brunch tableaus to expose the truth about social media: that it’s “fake” and almost entirely staged.
Read the article here.