Study Finds Thousands of Teens Going to Extreme Lengths for Online Attention

Study Finds Thousands of Teens Going to Extreme Lengths for Online Attention
By: Katrina Clarke Staff Reporter, Published on Wed Nov 12 2014

One provocative pose, the flash of a camera and a tap on a screen are all teenagers need to gain thousands, if not millions, of new friends.

A year-long study into “selfie culture” finds teenagers are going to unsettling lengths to gain online fame. So-called “#Instafamers” are abandoning lessons learned about online privacy, posting near-nude photos or videos and opening themselves up to exploitation and bullying, according to a new study by researchers at Centennial College.

“When sharing becomes over-sharing and that becomes fame-craving and that becomes obsessive, then obviously we need to start asking why,” said Debbie Gordon, director of Centennial College’s Kids Research Centre, which researches children’s media futures.

 

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November 14, 2014