Digital technology exposes users to hundreds of images every day. These images can portray unrealistic and often photoshopped bodies and may lead children and teens to suffer from low self-esteem and feel pressure to look a certain, often unattainable way. The popularity of social media platforms like Facebook, Snapchat, TikTok and Instagram can expose users to a constant stream of picture-perfect people and lives.
While these marketing tactics have existed for years, progress is being made to break this unhealthy trend. The constant stream of picture-perfect people and lives can lead children and teens to the idea that they might be missing out. Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) refers to the belief that other people are more attractive, having more fun and living better lives than you. The constant stream of unrealistic visual content delivered through social media can be overwhelming and lead to mental health concerns including feelings of inadequacy, depression and low self-esteem. This is especially concerning for children and teens. That's why it's important to be aware of the warning signs of FOMO and know where to turn if you think you or someone you care about is being negatively impacted by too much screen time.
- Find out more about the impact of digital technology on body image and what is being done to change it.
- Useful tips for talking to your kids about media and body image.
- Learn more about the impossible standards of beauty being imposed on girls.
- Learn more about what exactly Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) is and what you can do if you start experiencing symptoms.