News U Can Use: “1/3 of Girls Won’t Post Selfie Without Editing”

“A third of girls and young women will not post selfies online without using a filter or app to change their appearance, while a similar proportion have deleted photos with too few “likes” or comments, research has found.

About half regularly alter their photos to enhance their appearance online and “find acceptance”, Girlguiding’s annual Girls’ Attitudes survey found.

Thirty-four percent of 11 to 21-year-olds said they would not post a photo of themselves online without using a filter or app to enhance it first, with older girls more likely to say this.

And 33% said they had deleted pictures which did not get enough attention.

The charity surveyed 2,186 girls and young women aged between seven and 21 across the UK for its annual report, which will be released in full in late September.

It said the increased time spent online during the lockdown, coupled with exposure to unrealistic images of girls and young women, was exacerbating the pressures they faced….


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