To recap briefly: Last Sunday, Kardashian uploaded a photo of herself completely nude but censored to her Kardashian is by no means the only person taking and posting naked selfies. A study showed that the majority of young people 54 percent have sent or received explicit content on their phones, with girls being far more likely to send photos. As social media becomes more integral in the lives of young people, it's no surprise that this behavior has migrated onto feeds: On Instagram, the hashtag nude brings up 2. Kardashian's naked selfie, then, isn't an anomaly; it's part of a cultural phenomenon in which we're all players.
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By Mackenzie Dawson. Sales has been studying the lives of American teenagers since the s. Most adult readers will be shocked, as Sales points out, by how wildly the adult experience of social media differs from that of a teen. Other aspects of teen culture Sales discusses in the book: slut pages, where nude photos of a girl, originally sent to one boy, are distributed to others — i. This is typically followed by a kind of schoolwide shaming of the girl — never the boy that calls to mind the tarring and feathering of Puritan New England, as was with a case from Boca Raton, Fla. And so many people were hating on her in the school and she literally had no friends left except my sister. She was being called a slut and it got to her really badly, cause she suffers from anxiety and depression, and she wanted to kill herself. Tinder food stamps: Using the dating app to exchange sex for free meals and other items, a sort of soft prostitution that has become normalized by social media. The sink shot: When a girl takes a selfie in a bathroom mirror, often in a thong, and poses with her behind propped against the sink, so that it will appear larger.
Once upon a time, only the wealthy and privileged could afford to have their portraits painted by a small, select circle of artists. With the advent of photography, parents of all backgrounds could have pictures of their children, which were coveted as documents of their development and a way to show off their innocent beauty and charm to family and friends. Today, with smartphones and social media, we all have in our hands the means to broadcast our pride and joy to the world. Ninety-two percent of American children have an online presence before the age of 2. Parents post nearly 1, images of their children online before their fifth birthday. And as we have seen in the recent abduction and murder of year-old Nicole Lovell of Blacksburg, Va. Lovell reportedly texted with one of her alleged killers, year-old David Eisenhauer, a Virginia Tech student, on Kik Messenger, an app known among kids as a place for the exchange of sexts and nude selfies. Kids today are often accused of being narcissistic, but they may be learning their exhibitionist ways from their parents. Accompanying the boom in selfie culture is a rise in competitive spirit, as well as a disturbing trend of sexualization.
Instagram offers us a great excuse to communicate with our daughter about our family value system. Talk to her about how she posted images and words matter. Help her understand that what she does and says online makes up her reputation. Just say no to the solo selfie. There is no need, at any age, to show your body online to anyone no matter how cute or fit you may be. Living in Arizona where the sun always shines means girls are constantly in bikinis poolside. I have asked my daughter to be mindful of posting photos online of herself, alone or with friends, in swimwear.