This TED talk can make us all think about how what we see on social media, in the news, in magazines, and online can be “entirely manufactured.” Cameron Russell, in her talk, points out that models are chosen solely based on looks and what is show is not authentic. It’s important to keep in mind that many people, such as models and the fashion industry, use social media to craft an image of themselves or someone else that they want the public to see – not what is actually happening with them. Encouraging and supporting adolescents to build friendships online is important for healthy development.
Did you or your adolescent watch the video? What resonated with you? Were you surprised by her candor? What did this talk make you think about? Share with us in the comments!