‘Like-Addicted’ Teen Speaks Out; What Families Can Learn

By Toni Birdsong

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“I’m quitting Instagram, YouTube and Tumblr. Deleted over 2000 photos here today that served no real purpose other than self-promotion. Without realising, I’ve spent majority of my teenage life being addicted to social media, social approval, social status and my physical appearance. Social media, especially how I used it, isn’t real. It’s contrived images and edited clips ranked against each other. It’s a system based on social approval, likes, validation in views, and success in followers. Its perfectly orchestrated self-absorbed judgment. I was consumed by it.”


It’s the statement many parents of teens only dream of hearing so go ahead, take a moment, and just savor it.

The intro statement is that of teen social media sensation, 18 year-old Essena O’Neill, who recently did a 180 exposing the contrived, marketing-manipulated world of social media and it’s young stars. O’Neill is one of several dozen teens who’ve gained fame on social channels such as Instagram, Vine, YouTube, and Twitter. They’ve managed to attract thousands—even millions—of followers and big bucks. Essena recently deleted all of her social accounts and posted several videos exposing her online persona as “inauthentic” and “carefully edited.” The teen is now launching a website called Let’s Be Gamechangers. It’s …read more

Read the full article here: https://blogs.mcafee.com/consumer/like-addicted-teen-speaks-out-what-families-can-learn/

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