Empowerment is your condom against low self-esteem

7 Feb

The more time adolescent girls spend in front of Facebook, the more their chances of developing a negative body image and various eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia and exaggerated dieting. This has been shown in a new study from the University of Haifa.

So says a new study from the Academy of “Facebook is ruining everyone’s lives” scholarship.

This is kind of a boring study actually that just announces all the well-trodden conclusions that go roughly like this: skinny people on the internets and teevee = eating disorders in young women.

What the hell, young women? You sound pretty fragile these days. Even looking at pictures of drunken parties posted to Facebook undermines your body image and self esteem. You need some empowerment.

Girls whose parents were involved in their media usage; who knew what they were viewing and reading and where they were surfing on the web; who watched, surfed or read along with them; and who conducted cooperative and critical discussions with their daughters about the content of their surfing habits, showed more personal empowerment, forming a protective shield against eating disorders.

So empowerment is a protective shield. Empowerment is like a condom preventing low self esteem. Empowerment is the great line of defense against that world out there assaulting young women. Parents, empower your daughters. Nothing else will protect your daughters from themselves.

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