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How Social Media Filters Are Affecting Youth

April 28, 2022
Social media filters may be cute and fun, but they are having a deeper impact on the mental health of youth. Here's what parents need to know.

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Arianna G.* started using filters on social media when she was 14. Her main goal was to hide her biggest insecurity: she felt her legs were fat. "I thought everyone would zoom in on my post and share it with each other to make fun of me," says Arianna, now 17. "I didn't look like the other girls around me and I desperately wanted to. So I decided to edit myself to match their posts: skinny legs, clear face, white teeth."

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