Selfies are fun and harmless, right?
To a certain extent, I’d say yes. But our society is obsessed with them and that preoccupation is not particularly healthy for kids.
I recently read about a study on selfies which said this:
Researchers from U.S. and British universities who surveyed nearly 900 female students in the American Midwest discovered that the more young women were exposed to self-portraits (“selfies”) and other photos via social media, the more insecure they felt about their own appearance. More time spent on Facebook, for example, was associated with more negative feelings and more comparisons to the bodies of friends. (Thrive Magazine October/November 2014)
If you kids are falling prey to the discouraging influence of an overabundance of selfies, remind them of this: The picture is only the tip of the iceberg.
Behind that girl who works out vigorously and is obsessed with nutrition may be a girl who hates her body. Behind that boy who hit a home run in the game may be a player who struck out the previous five times. Behind the kid who just got signed to play college ball may be an athlete who worked his butt off because he didn’t want to disappoint his parents.
There’s always more to the story that a selfie communicates. Be sure your kids understand the danger of comparing their behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.