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The Impact of the Instagram on Teen Girls and How to Combat Negative Self-Talk!

Instagram | Girl | Teen | 07th October 2021 | Virtual Wire

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The explosion of social media has created an obsessive culture that is not healthy for teenagers. The internet culture today has largely shifted towards online identity rather than personal or professional worth.

Why are Teen Girls so Obsessed with Instagram?

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It's almost like people feel like they need to be perfect on social media because it's the only place where their outward appearance counts for something, which leads people to act out different versions of themselves online. Social media also gives people an easy way of escaping reality by leading them into endless amounts of digital addiction. Instagram is linked with increased anxiety, depression, bullying, and FOMO (fear of missing out). Teen girls are more likely than boys to use social media as a means of validation and acceptance. The tendency to compare their own lives with others leads to teen girls developing a compare and despair attitude. The inundation of filtered and altered images weighs heavily on young minds as they begin to create their own identity.



Why Should You Be Concerned About Your Teen Girl Using Instagram!

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Social media platforms such as Instagram have been steadily increasing their influence in the lives of teenagers. While this may seem like a positive thing to many, many adverse effects come with this trend. Many mental health professionals believe that too much screen time harms the mental health of teenagers and young adults. The average teen girl spends around 9 hours a day on social media. Excessive screen time can increase their anxiety and depression, affect their body image and self-esteem, and make them more susceptible to bullying.



Why Does My Teen Daughter Have Such Low Self- Esteem?

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Teen girls are going through a lot in the 21st century. They must take care of their social media, careers, and family all simultaneously. But what they also must take care of is their mental health. Self-esteem is a significant part of a teen girl's life, and it affects her in many ways. The World Health Organization (WHO) lists depression as a leading cause of illness and disability worldwide. Mental health is a significant concern beginning with children as young as ten years old and can have last consequences well into their adult lives. Media influence, pressure to conform, sexual exploration, and increased access to technology can all contribute to teenage stress that leads to depression and anxiety.



How Does Instagram Usage Lead to Negative Self Talk?

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