In the Ideal to Real TODAY/AOL Body Image survey, teenage girls revealed something unexpected: 65 percent said seeing their selfies on social media actually boosts their confidence…
The TODAY/AOL findings findings echo emerging social science on the impact of social media on self-presentation and self-image. Selfies seem inconsequential or goofy, but they can actually be incredibly important to teenagers, because they give teens a way to control the image of themselves that they’re showing to the world, experts say.
'It’s the first time you get to be the photographer and the subject of the photograph,' says Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Center, who has written extensively about this subject, particularly as it applies to teenagers and/or Millennials. 'Even though that seems very simple, that’s an extraordinary shift, historically. And control makes people believe in themselves.'”
They are obvious, easily interpretable nightmares about all of my insecurities - failing at my job, being betrayed and abandoned by friends, the idea of starting over, the simultaneous dread and loyalty to my choices, a fear of missing out, of being left behind, an inability to control my emotions, a discomfort with being seen, a horror of confrontation, of arguments, of loud noises, of saying things without thinking, a jealousy that manifests in anger that manifests in tears.
I wake up hot and only a little relieved.