The Impact of Social Media on Adolescent Development

A natural (and scary!) way for teens seeking answers to the age-old questions “Who am I?” and “Am I normal?” is to compare themselves to others. This can create pain and self-doubt in the real world. With social media, they’re comparing themselves to carefully crafted versions (fake!) of peers. Their stories aren’t real. They’re versions of who they wish to be. Filters make them look better than they do in real life. No wonder social media can make teens feel bad about themselves. Remind your teen you know and love them exactly as they are.

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