Research + News | Topic: Identity

Instagram, Wattpad and YouNow Aren’t Just Apps – For Many Teens, They’re More Than That

Generation Z, the youngest wave of teens shaping the zeitgeist, is finding and building its own supportive, inclusive communities online — ones that stretch far beyond the cafeteria table. Read the article here.

A Quarter of Brits Fake Vacation Photos Online

The pressure to make other people feel miserable about their dreary, deskbound existences is so great that many of us have taken to faking images of our allegedly fabulous holidays. Read the article here.

Parents, Our Children Are Going Viral And It’s Not Always Good

Every day we have kids trending across social media for doing the stupidest things in the world. Read the article here.

Is Social Media Fueling A National Epidemic Of Teen Suicide?

Recent suicides underscore the disturbing increase in suicide amongst young people – up at least 13% from 2010. Read the article here.

The Surprisingly Depressing Experience of Going Viral

A viral video star writes about what overnight Internet fame taught him about real community, for Relevant Magazine. Read the article here.

What Happens When A Famous Instagram Teen Stops Being Polite and Starts Getting Real

Instagram-famous teen and Australian model Essena O’Neill is using the huge platform she amassed by posting bikini photos and brunch tableaus to expose the truth about social media: that it’s “fake” and almost entirely staged.

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Everyone You Know Will Be Able To Rate You On The Terrifying ‘Yelp for people’ – Whether You Want Them To Or Not

A new app called Peeple lets users rate people, just like they would restaurants or products. Read the article here.

The Pressure Is On for Mothers on Social Media

Many young mothers feel stressed about their presence on social media and the need to portray a positive image. Read the article here.

Teens, Technology and Friendships

The latest research from Pew shows that video games, social media and mobile phones play an integral role in how teens meet and interact with friends. View the research here.

How A Dating App Hookup Landed A Teen On The Sex Offender Registry

An Indiana teenager was placed on the sex offender registry after meeting an underage girl on the Internet, who lied about her age, and then having sex with her. Read the article here.