Teens say selfies give a confidence boost

SelfieThe idea of selfies has become a nationwide trending activity, for teens and adolescents. The idea of autonomy or controlling your own world is the basis ongoing research from Media Psychology Research Center, which has utilized this trend as a tool to boost self-esteem. They claim, ‘its the first time you get to be the photographer AND the subject of the photograph.”  The results of TODAY/AOL Body Image survey revealed 65% of teenage girls said social media actually boosts their confidence. As a new method of self-expression, selfies serve as a window to boost confidence by highlighting and empowering the youth public expression. How do you utilize social media to express yourself? What strategies do you recommend to your patients to boost their self-esteem?

 

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For information on ongoing research with social media, Media Psychology Research Center

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