Teenage body fears influenced by social media – report

Sky News reports that a survey of teenagers in England highlights the growing influence of social media stars when it comes to body image.

More than half of teenagers have felt or do feel insecure about their appearance, according to research.

The research was commissioned by youth empowerment programme National Citizen Service who surveyed 1,000 teenagers across England.

It also showed that 40% said their appearance was influenced by what they see on social media compared to 24% who said celebrities were a bigger influence.

There was also evidence of the darker side of social media, with 58% saying they have felt jealous, negative or insecure because of social media and 24% saying they felt negative about themselves because they did not look like their friends.

Thirty-two percent of girls admitted they were “obsessed” with getting likes on social media.

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Can schools help these ‘obsessed’ teenagers learn to like themselves? Should celebrities do more to help? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin 

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