American Girls

American Girls

Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers

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Instagram. Whisper. Yik Yak. Vine. YouTube. Kik. Ask.fm. Tinder. The dominant force in the lives of girls coming of age in America today is social media. What it is doing to an entire generation of young women? From Montclair to Manhattan and Los Angeles, from Florida and Arizona to Texas and Kentucky, Sales crisscrossed the country, speaking to more than two hundred girls, ages thirteen to nineteen, and documenting a massive change in the way girls are growing up, a phenomenon that transcends race, geography, and household income. American Girls provides a disturbing portrait of the end of childhood as we know it and of the inexorable and ubiquitous experience of a new kind of adolescence -- one dominated by new social and sexual norms, where a girl's first crushes and experiences of longing and romance occur in an accelerated electronic environment; where issues of identity and self-esteem are magnified and transformed by social platforms that provide instantaneous judgment. What does it mean to be a girl in America in 2016? It means coming of age online in a hypersexualized culture that has normalized extreme behavior, from pornography to the casual exchange of nude photographs; a culture rife with a virulent new strain of sexism and a sometimes self-undermining notion of feminist empowerment; a culture in which teenagers are spending so much time on technology and social media that they are not developing basic communication skills. From beauty gurus to slut-shaming to a disconcerting trend of exhibitionism, Nancy Jo Sales provides a shocking window into the troubling world of today's teenage girls.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780385353922
Branch Call Number: 004.678 SALES
004.678 Sales 2016
Characteristics: 404 pages ; 25 cm

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mom2niamh
Sep 21, 2016

A MUST-read for any parent whose kid has a phone. This book lays out how the porn-soaked internet/social media apps are affecting and changing the lives of teens. And it's only just begun...

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kclaura2003
Jul 03, 2016

Interesting but over-exaggerated in some parts.

An interesting read for parents of teen girls, and, frankly, boys too (those teen boys disrespecting the teen girls are being raised by someone)! An in depth look at how social media is affecting girls lives.

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