Just as teens are beginning to discover their individuality, social media swoops in with unrealistic expectations that can subvert self-worth and have lasting ramifications.
There’s more information available to humans than ever. But it isn’t making us more informed thinkers.
Technology has developed and altered human life so swiftly that it’s left many of society’s institutions ill-equipped to handle its faults.
The award-winning memoirist reflects on her intense, instantaneous social-media friendship with a favorite singer—only to be left to try to make sense of her just-as-sudden disappearing act.
We've seen social media sell our personal data and spread misinformation and hate, and our personal data. But we still can’t break up with it.
‘I don't think that raising media literate kids is going to somehow save democracy. But I do believe that a generation which is able to see truth will be better advocates, organizers, and consumers.’
We appear to be living in the upside-down, where people are bots, facts are fiction, and our reality is governed by algorithms.
The image-driven platform allows us to share our most vulnerable moments. But is this really the best way to foster community and engage in meaningful dialogue about mental health?
And in a culture that cleaves to youthfulness and positivity and cowers in the face of mortality, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Sharing real stories about raising her son with disabilities helped this writer feel less alone in the hyper-curated online world. But, as she learned, truth on social media is all relative.