Have you ever really sat down and reflected on how badly words can hurt? Or what someone may be going through even though they may have the brightest smile on their face? They’re smiling so they’re okay right? Wrong. Whether it is in a profile picture or in person, a smile hides everything. The commonly known phrase “a smile hides everything” corresponds to many teenagers in today’s society. Along with the help of a teenager’s best friend, the internet. Technology plays a huge role in teenage depression, and even suicide. Due to the endless cruelty and malignity on the internet, teenage insecurity, depression, and suicide has increased greatly and has turned into a pandemic. Nowadays, everyone has either a smartphone or a laptop and
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Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying. Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet. In 2011, approximately 28% of 12-18 year old students reported being bullied at school, and 9% of 12-18 year old students reported being cyber bullied anywhere during the school year.
Studies have shown that one’s self esteem is lowest during the teenage years so already, this isn’t working out in our favor. Due to such applications on phones as “Hot or Not”, or rating games played on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram, the insecurities just seem to pile up. Teenagers constantly compare themselves to movie stars and models looking up to them and wishing to have their dream body. Truth is, thanks to our advanced technology models and actresses are refurbished and photoshopped to look perfect. Body image is defined as a person's inner conception of his or her own physical appearance. One’s conception of their own physical appearance may be altered with what society believes the perfect body image is. Body image weighs heavily on one’s insecurities. Everyone has an image in their head of their perfect body and constantly compares themselves to this perfect image when in reality some of these body images are unrealistic. Although women