Research + News | Topic: Self-fabrication
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.
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.
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.
Dec 18, 2015
Sixty Years Ago, ‘Childhood’s End’ Author Predicted Media We Have Now
In his novel Childhood’s End,science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke predicted that in the future, entertainment choices would “pour” out of multiple channels and the evolution of motion pictures would lead to virtual-reality technology. The book was published in 1953.
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Nov 25, 2015
ESPN takes a look at the life of Madison Holleran, a college student who, according to her Instagram account, seemed to have it all together. The truth was much different as she committed suicide in 2014.
Read the article here.
Nov 11, 2015
These 5 Teens Can Thank The Model Who Left Instagram For Lessons On The Dark Side Of Social Media
High school students from Southern California react to a popular Instagram model swearing off social media.
Read their reactions 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.
Aug 20, 2015
How A Dating App Hookup Landed A Teen On The Sex Offender Registry
An Indiana teenager was placed on the sex offender registry after meeting an underage girl on the Internet, who lied about her age, and then having sex with her. Read the article here.
Jan 30, 2015
How Girls Are Seeking (and Subverting) Approval Online
From selfies to shout-outs, girls are using social media both to build up and break down their self-image. Read the article from Common Sense Media here.