Secrecy is hardly new on Planet Girl: as many an eye-rolling boy will tell you, girls excel at eluding the prying questions of grown ups. And who can blame them? Enter the Internet, and Instagram: a platform where emotions can run wild — and where insecurities run wilder. They can obsess over their friendships, monitoring social ups and downs in extreme detail. They can strategically post at high traffic hours when they know peers are killing time between homework assignments. Instagram, then, is a new way for girls to chase the feeling of being liked that eludes so many of them.
Media's Effect on Body Image. The popular media television, movies, magazines, etc. Source: National Institute on Media and the Family.
YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat are the most popular online platforms among teens. By Monica Anderson and Jingjing Jiang. The survey also finds there is no clear consensus among teens about the effect that social media has on the lives of young people today. The social media landscape in which teens reside looks markedly different than it did as recently as three years ago.