Issue 37 | October 23, 2015
THREE THINGS THIS WEEK
1. SNAPCHAT AND FOMO
What It Is: Honest article by a 15-year-old girl about how Snapchat affects teens.
Why It's Important: The author illuminates how Snapchat’s Story feature only adds to teens’ FOMO and keeps them from enjoying the here and now. Read her article with your students and ask for their feedback about the anxiety created by the fear of missing out.
2. ZENDAYA’S NOT HAVING IT
Why It's Good: Good for Zendaya! We need more influential people to stand up against unrealistic beauty standards, for girls and guys.
Why It's Bad: This adds to the mixed messages teens get about their identity being defined by their appearance. On one hand, many celebrities are speaking out against the unrealistic standards of beauty promoted in pop culture, yet on the other hand, many still uphold those standards, and social media just exacerbates the pressure to conform to unrealistic images.
3. YOUTUBE RED
What It Is:New video subscription service (like Netflix) from YouTube.
Why It's Important: “Binge watching” a TV show is now normative, and this service makes it easier. With Binge watching, there is no delayed gratification, no anticipation, no patience. You get what you want when you want it, and it’s encouraging addictive behavior. Aren’t some things worth waiting for? Talk with your students about the discipline of saying ‘no’ to themselves.
TOP 10 TWEETED SHOWS
1. CNN’s Democratic Debate
2. 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards
3. The Walking Dead
4. American Horror Story: Hotel
6. The Voice
7. Grey’s Anatomy
9. Saturday Night Live
10. Dancing with the Stars