Summer selfies: Can summer break drive teens to overshare on social media?


TORONTO, June 27, 2019 − With summer holidays around the corner, kids and teens may have a desire to stay in touch with friends via social media feeds and may even end up bingeing on social media or oversharing selfies or vacation photos to stay connected. Recent York University research shows too much time on social media can alter our view of our own body image, making us feel worse about ourselves.

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Jennifer Mills, associate professor in the Department of Psychology at York University, was recently featured on ABC's 20/20 with Diane Sawyer, speaking about an experiment in her lab that showed the impact of taking selfies on anxiety and body image. She is available for interviews on the following:

  • What is oversharing? How can it impact anxiety?
  • How to reinforce positive use of social media
  • How social media alters perception of body image, especially in girls
  • What is post remorse and how does it impact the decision to be on social media?
  • Can you strike a balance when it comes to sharing on social media?

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