Cases of self-harming among teenage girls have shot up by two-thirds in just three years, a study reveals. Experts warn increased levels of pressure and stress from social media use may be fuelling a rise in mental health issues. Reports of self-harm among girls aged from 13 to 16 rose by 68 percent between andresearchers found.
Nearly every parent of a teen has heard those words countless times. For plenty of teens, social media is simply a way to remain connected and to express themselves, and posting selfies are a big part of that. But what if that selfie obsession were to indicate something darker? According to a new study published in The Journal of Early Adolescenceteens who post more selfies online tend to have an increased awareness of their own appearance — and that awareness is linked to an increased risk of negative body image.
Clutched in the hand of nearly every teen is a smartphone, buzzing and beeping and blinking with social media notifications. But is social media and the omnipresence of digital interactions really the cause of all this anxiety? Recent studies have noted a significant uptick in depression and suicidal thoughts over the past several years for teens, especially those who spend multiple hours a day using screens, and especially girls.
Instagram announced on Thursday that it would no longer allow graphic images of self-harm, such as cutting, on its platform. In a statement explaining the changeAdam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, made a distinction between graphic images about self-harm and nongraphic images, such as photos of healed scars. Those types of images will still be allowed, but Instagram will make them more difficult to find by excluding them from search results, hashtags and recommended content.
Chris Nicholson does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. The show, which worked with charities Samaritans and Mind on the episode, broadcast a special edition, which looked closely at the journey of the character Lily Drinkwelland her friends Peri Lomax and Yasmine Maalik — as well as their parents and guardians — and explored themes of self harm and cutting among teenage girls.
Could the popular application Instagram be contributing to young girl's anxiety? It does this and so much more. When this photo-sharing app first hit the scene, I thought of it as a personal, virtual scrapbook, and I fell in love.
Sexting or "sex texting" is sending or getting sexually explicit or suggestive images, messages, or video on a smartphone or through the Internet. Most teens have various ways to get online, Smartphones, tablets, and laptops all can be used in private. It's very easy for teens to create and share personal photos and videos of themselves without their parents knowing about it.