Two steps forward, one back

(K. Brent Tomer),

The uses of enchantment

American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers. By Nancy Jo Sales. Knopf; 416 pages; $26.95 and £20.

Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape. By Peggy Orenstein. Harper; 320 pages; $26.99.

FOR tips on taking a selfie, talk to teenage girls. Many know that your “good” side is the one without your parting, and that it is slimming to pose with a hand on hip and legs “bevelled” (one straight, the other bent). Not quite pleased with the results? Simply download one of many “selfie surgery apps” to edit blemishes, whiten teeth and shrink noses.

Adolescents have always been keenly aware of how they are seen by their peers. But social media amplify this self-consciousness. Now that nearly three-quarters of American teens have access to a smartphone, many of them while away their days broadcasting their thoughts, photos and lapses in judgment for immediate praise or scorn from hundreds of “friends”. Being a teenager was never easy, but this is the first time your charm, looks or popularity…Continue reading

via K. Brent Tomer CFTC Two steps forward, one back

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