Some people say that Instagram is harmful to teens. Do you agree? Essena O’Neill seemed to have a perfect life—at least online. The Australian teen had 500,000 Instagram followers. Her Internet fame led to a modeling contract. Companies paid her to show their clothing in her photos. But in November 2015, Essena, then 18, shut down her Instagram account. She deleted more than 2,000 photos. “I’ve spent the majority of my teenage life being addicted to social media,” she wrote. “I’m quitting Instagram.” It’s Not Real Essena left a few photos online. In captions, she explained how she created each photo. For example, she didn’t eat all day before taking a picture in a bikini. She took that photo 100 times to make sure her stomach looked perfect. “Social media is not real life!” she says now. Seeing perfect-looking Instagram photos can make teens feel like they don’t measure up. And if your photos don’t get many “likes,” you might take it personally. Even Essena worried all the time about what others thought of her. Trying to appear perfect online made her feel alone. Instagram brought Essena fame and money. Still, she wrote, “I had never been more miserable.” Staying Connected Not everyone thinks that Instagram is harmful, though. Some people say it might even be good for teens. Why? Unlike many ads and magazines, Instagram includes photos of all different kinds of people. That means you’re more likely to see a photo of someone who looks like you. Plus, studies show that many people who use social media feel more connected to friends. And social media users are more likely to know about big events in the lives of friends and family. So maybe it’s OK to love Instagram... As long as you love yourself too. Do you think Instagram is harmful to teens? WHAT TO DO: Find reasons in the article that support each side of this debate. Write them below. YES Instagram is harmful to teens. Here’s why: 1. If your photo doesn’t get many “likes,” you might take it personally and feel bad. 2______ NO Instagram isn’t harmful. It can even be good for teens. Here’s why: 1. On Instagram, you can see photos of many different types of people. 2. _____
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