Is Facebook Making Young Teenage Girls Act Too Sexual?
That’s the one word that came to mind when we heard about an alarming new trend that’s going on as a result of Facebook and other forms of social media. According to a recent story in the New York Times, teenage girls are feeling more pressure than ever to look their best at all times and, in some cases, to be more sexual than they should be for their age because of Facebook. And this isn’t some anonymous study that the NYT is reporting on. It’s actual reporting featuring young teenage girls talking about their experiences on Facebook, where they show off their cleavage, dress in skimpy clothing, and pucker up their lips in order to get Facebook “Likes” from their peers. Specifically, they talk about wanting to get “Likes” from the cool crowd and the older kids at school, which forces them to use any means necessary to get them.
“Girls don’t just want to get ‘Likes’ from their close friends,” one 14-year-old girl named Lily explains. “They want to get them from boys, or older kids, or kids from other schools that are popular.”
On the one hand, this is just typical teenage behavior on a much larger scale than ever before. For years now, girls have rolled their skirts at school once mom or dad dropped them off or changed shirts altogether once they got to school in order to fit in better. They’ve also asked their parents if they could wear makeup at an age that’s much too young. And yet, the fact that this is happening on such a large scale makes it all the more disturbing. Because it’s not just teachers and fellow students noticing the behavior that’s being demonstrated by some young girls anymore. It’s all of the friends she has on Facebook. And, in some cases, all of her friends’ friends who take the photo and repost it elsewhere. That girl also has an even bigger image and reputation to uphold than ever before, too, once she starts posting scantily-clad pics—meaning she has to maintain it through just about all of her Facebook posts. It’s quite the change from how things were just a few years ago.
Basically, Facebook is having an unintended effect on young people in America. For as great as it is—and for as fun and helpful as it can be—Facebook is making a whole lot of young ladies out there act a little too sexual. And that’s not something that we’re theorizing or that some study is telling us. It’s what young teenage girls are telling us. And, to that, we can only say one thing: Dislike! Care to comment?