Facebook: making life suck a little more for teenage girls

This is a really interesting article. More of these are needed. Check out the full article here.

Here is a snippet from it:

“Girls are working this out every day on Facebook. When they collectively post and comment, I think they are grappling with these issues in the way they can best. They acknowledge the reality of the situation that thin and pretty are important (sexy is really good, too), while trying to be supportive and complimentary, to offset the negative consequences of being held to this ridiculous and fetishized ideal of contemporary female beauty

*Eating disorders, low self-esteem, and depression are the most common mental health problems in girls.
*59 percent of 5-12th grade girls in one survey were dissatisfied with their body shape.
*20-40 percent of girls begin dieting at age 10.
*By 15, girls are twice as likely to become depressed than boys.
*Among 5-12th graders, 47 percent said they wanted to lose weight because of magazine pictures.
*Health risks accompany girls’ drop in self-esteem due to risky eating habits, depression,and unwanted pregnancy.
*Girls aged 10 and 12 (tweens) are confronted with “teen” issues such as dating and sex, at increasingly *earlier ages. 73 percent of 8-12 year-olds dress like teens and talk like teens.”


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