American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers by Nancy Jo Sales

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Read American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers Online Free - Instagram. Whisper. Yik Yak. Vine. YouTube. Kik. Tinder. The dominant force in the lives of girls coming of age in America today is social media. What it is doing to an entire generation of young women is the subject of award-winning Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo Sales’s riveting and explosive American Girls.

With extraordinary intimacy and precision, Sales captures what it feels like to be a girl in America today. From Montclair to Manhattan and Los Angeles, from Florida and Arizona to Texas and Kentucky, Sales crisscrossed the country, speaking to more than two hundred girls, ages thirteen to nineteen, and documenting a massive change in the way girls are growing up, a phenomenon that transcends race, geography, and household income. American Girls provides a disturbing portrait of the end of childhood as we know it and of the inexorable and ubiquitous experience of a new kind of adolescence—one dominated by new social and sexual norms, where a girl’s first crushes and experiences of longing and romance occur in an accelerated electronic environment; where issues of identity and self-esteem are magnified and transformed by social platforms that provide instantaneous judgment. What does it mean to be a girl in America in 2016? It means coming of age online in a hypersexualized culture that has normalized extreme behavior, from pornography to the casual exchange of nude photographs; a culture rife with a virulent new strain of sexism and a sometimes self-undermining notion of feminist empowerment; a culture in which teenagers are spending so much time on technology and social media that they are not developing basic communication skills. From beauty gurus to slut-shaming to a disconcerting trend of exhibitionism, Nancy Jo Sales provides a shocking window into the troubling world of today’s teenage girls. 

Provocative and urgent, American Girls is destined to ignite a much-needed conversation about how we can help our daughters and sons negotiate unprecedented new challenges.

Title : American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers
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ISBN : 0385353936
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 416 pages


Avon rated it ★☆☆☆☆

April 04, 2016

I don't care that I only made it to 25% before this book made me lose my goddamn mind and return it for a refund. I have so many things to say about it. All of them bad. First, this book suffers from a thoroughly biased author who wants you to know, without a shadow of a doubt, that Internet porn...

Andrew rated it ★★★☆☆

March 02, 2016

Let's be honest - I have a toddler daughter who in my mind is already dating boys and I hate all of them already because they're complete jerks. This book moves from the eye-opening (what's Yik Yak?) to the terrifying ("You're never going online EVER!") to the depressing (Are all relationships dea...

Kelsey rated it ★★★★☆

March 28, 2016

As an educator, I found this book to be incredibly insightful, relevant, and disturbing. Although I had an idea of the extent of the problem, Sales dales deep into how dangerous social media can be and how it is especially harming teenage girls. She connects different cultural ideas together well...

Daniel rated it ★★★★☆

July 23, 2016

This book had me completely freaked out. The stories these girls tell, and the facts that Sales provide are shocking and depressing. Thirteen-year-old boys routinely texting girls they know for nude pictures of themselves, and the girls unable to say something reason, like "are you fucking insane...

Amy rated it ★★★☆☆

March 14, 2016

Incredibly depressing for obvious reasons... Social media is destroying how people communicate, destroying self esteem, and forcing kids to be sexual without truly understanding any consequences of their behavior. The question that kept popping up for me is why why why are parents allowing very y...

Kara rated it ★★★★☆

March 07, 2016

I read this book very fast, I think because I was so fascinated. This is kind of a tragically sad book, because it reflects was is going on today, this bizarre cultural shift of dating and intimacy, brought on by the technology obsessed culture. I see this with my own teenage children, but I am l...

Alex rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 08, 2016

Okay, Nancy Jo. Let's have a long discussion about this book, because my god, do you ever need it. So: in case you don't know me or my interests, you should know I'm really interested in teenage culture/teen girl psychology, and I've read a lot of the books Sales name-drops in this book (Reviving...

Tiffany rated it ★★★★★

April 07, 2016

This book is seriously a MUST READ for any parent of a tween or teen, boys or girls. That being said, it is a hugely depressing book, but you're not doing your job as a parent if you don't know this information. It's not about warning parents about certain phone apps (which would quickly be outda...

Laura rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 18, 2016

While I enjoyed reading all of the interviews the author conducted, I was hoping for a more well rounded discussion of this topic. Instead it was very obvious that the author had a position she wanted to take on the subject and presented information that only supported that position.

Susan rated it ★★★★☆

May 20, 2016

Despite the word Girls in the title, I would suggest that this book should be required reading for all parents of tweens and teens as it shows us how social media has become such a dominating force in the lives of today's youth and how that can be both good and bad. Although obviously this book f...

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