Pretty or Ugly? Teens Ask YouTube to be the Judge
Parents and psychiatrists worried about new phenomenon.
Teenage girls have many self-esteem issues growing up. Many are so boy crazy that they wonder if they are pretty or ugly.
But one alarming trend that is going on is many young teenage girls are now looking for attention in a place that can really damage their self-esteem — the Internet.
A growing number of young women have taken to sites like Youtube to ask viewers to rate them as ugly or pretty.
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Many of the young teenagers posting these videos mention bullying as part of their main motivation.
"This is a masochistic defense mechanism that teenagers are using to quell their anxiety," Psychiatrist Gale Saltz said in an interview with NBC’s ‘Today’ Show. "This is a self-destructive yet, unconsciously, coping mechanism. They're trying to feel better, but it's self destructive and it's not working."
There were some young African American girls who created videos and received some harsh criticism about their skin color and size of their lips.
We hope these videos would be banned from the site, and hope these children don't do anything irrational when they receive such harsh criticism that they've opened themselves up to.
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