From staying updated with current events, connecting with friends, sharing information for the world to see, or expressing an opinion about a particular political candidate–there are many reasons one would choose to partake in the wondrous realm of social media. When we refer to social media, we include the collective platforms of digital communication dedicated to social sharing, content creation, community collaboration and interactions.
Through various research we have tried to examine the relationship between young girls and social media. This relationship can be seen as either empowering, or destructive. As seen through the film Miss Representation, media can lead young girls to higher levels of anxiety and depression, to eating disorders and self harm practices. Social media can affect girls’ in how they formulate their sexual identity, to how they manage their health and self image. We will be discussing the following aspects of this relationship: cyber-bullying, self presentation, co-construction theory, FOMO, social comparison, and sexualization of young girls. Through four case studies, describing the previously mentioned aspects, we will illustrate the complexities young girls’ face in a world dominated by social media.
The following is a link to the Frontline presentation Generation Like. This presentation is yet another example displaying the relationship young people have with social media. Our case studies will provide further information and research.