Ja’Nell Gore shares her opinions on the rampant portrayal of depression and anxiety as romanticized mental health issues. From her own experiences, she knows firsthand that these are not issues that people choose to have. “Too often social media gives a misconception of what depression looks like and sometimes even romanticizes it.” Read more at […]Read More Mental Illness Is Not A Choice
In the age of social media, anyone can cultivate a misleading online presence. For Youth Radio’s Olivia Monforte, she’s started to realize just how manipulative this identity can be. “When I scroll through my Instagram feed of all the trendy and wild people I follow, sometimes it’s hard to remember that they probably embellish their […]Read More Instagram, Not So Picture Perfect
With all the controversy surrounding Russian hackers’ use of fake social media accounts, most people in the U.S. are on high alert about social media. One group that doesn’t seem to be worried, however, is teens, because many of them use their own alternative accounts. “I’ve always known there are fake social personas out there […]Read More We’ve All Heard of an Insta, But What’s a Finsta?
When Raquel García and Brittany Chávez first launched their Shop LatinX Instagram account, they never imagined their social media platform could draw so much attention. But now they’ve expanded into an online database and web magazine, all dedicated to promoting Latinx products and services in Boyle Heights and beyond. “And that’s what they’re doing, providing […]Read More Two entrepreneurs create a Latinx Yelp
In the third installment of a podcast by the youth media team at The kNOw in Fresno, an 18-year-old illustrator talks about creativity and being trans. Long before becoming a popular artist on social media, Kai kept his art to himself. “Why not share it to the world? It’s there.” Listen further at The kNOw.Read More Fresno youth podcast series highlights young trans illustrator
Social media has a detrimental impact on the health of young people, according to a recent study by the American Psychological Association. AccessLocal reporter Julian DeLeonardis interviews young people about how they use social media, and how it makes them feel. “It gives me jolts of excitement, I guess, but does it make me happy? […]Read More Sad youth and social narcotics
A digital-native Bay Area Millennial gives President Donald Trump advice on how to use social media. Fashion blogger Justina Sharp suggested the President would appeal more to teens if his messages aren’t just reactionary but also explain “what he’s about” and sound more presidential. “That means no more subtweeting the leaders of the world or […]Read More Trump’s Tweets Not 🔥
Social media was the catalyst for Cal State University Long Beach student Alyse Pichly suffering a severe panic attack that put her in a Long Beach psychiatric ward. Some researchers say social media users compare themselves to one another; and the comparisons often trigger jealous or vindictive feelings upon seeing posts about other people’s romances, travel, or success. “The […]Read More Is social media harming the mental health of young people?
With a barrage of social media interlaced with advertising, girls and young women today live with a confusing set of expectations about their identity and appearance. “[With these sites] we’ve opened ourselves up to a whole new form of scrutiny from our peers.” Young women tell their personal stories about body image, and how they think women are portrayed in advertising, in a […]Read More Advertising, the media, and body image
We hear a lot about bullying, shaming, and the destructive power of online social life. But according to some Bay Area teens, there’s a trend of shunning those toxic digital dynamics in favor of positive, self-esteem promoting threads. Some even see it as a tool for young women to change sexist policies. “As a teen girl, there are all sorts of […]Read More Teen girls flip the script on social media