It’s no surprise that being a teenage girl is fraught with insecurities.
Am I good enough? Funny enough? Cool enough? Pretty enough?
These are questions girls might ask themselves all the time but it turns out that these days a girl can use technology to get the answer.
In a disturbing new trend, young girls are uploading videos of themselves to YouTube asking, “Am I Pretty or Ugly?”
One of these videos by a young girl has gotten over 4 million views and over 100,000 comments. In the video the girl says, “I just wanted to make a random video seeing if I was ugly or not because a lot of people call me ugly and I think I’m ugly and fat but all of my friends that are girls they’re like ‘oh you’re so beautiful …’ and I’m like shut up because I’m not beautiful.”
Check out the video yourself.
The emphasis girls place on their appearance and being “pretty” is so consuming. How are girls expected to learn and grow if they are constantly striving to look “perfect” or judging what other girls look like? This video is proof that girls spend so much time and energy on their appearance. Imagine what else girls (and women) could accomplish if they didn’t worry so much about their looks or other people’s approval. The possibilities would be endless.
Still, a teen’s desire for approval is nothing new. Teens often look to be accepted by their peers and have other people like them. Posting a video online asking people to comment on their attractiveness, however, opens these girls up to the scrutiny of thousands of people. The constant criticism and negative comments can have a very damaging impact on a young girl’s self-esteem.
We’ve read so many tragic stories of girls committing suicide after facing bullying at school. What could hundreds and hundreds of negative comments about their appearance do to a girl?
What do you think about these videos? Are you alarmed by this trend?
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