11/3/17: 3 Articles You Need to Read This Week
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Time released their annual list of the 30 most influential teens of 2017. This year, Time recognized teen actors, like Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown, teen entrepreneurs, like Mikaila Ulmer of Me and the Bees Lemonade, and teen philanthropists, like Muzoon Almellehan, a Syrian refugee who is now UNESCO's youngest ambassador.
In a recent experiment set up on the morning show Good Morning America, teen girls spoke openly about their struggles with social media, and how social media poses a nearly constant stress. The teens revealed that social media exerts pressure on their lives, making them overthink about little things and criticize themselves. What the teens didn't know, is that their mothers were on the other side of the room, listening in. The experiment revealed that parents often don't realize the stress of social media. Experts say that social media can even be stressful for teens when they aren't online—teens often worry if friends are liking or commenting on their posts. And if teens who are regularly on social media suddenly step away, it may be a sign that something is stressing them out more than usual.
John Green, the esteemed author of young adult novels (namely, The Fault in Our Stars) has a new book that deals with mental illness in a very open and real way. In Turtles All the Way Down, the novel's teenage protagonist, Aza Holmes, struggles deeply with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. From the first chapter, the reader is pulled into Aza's anxious thought spiral—a churning, icy hole that seems inescapable as Aza strains to fight against her uncontrollable thoughts. The realness of Aza's mental health struggle exists because it actually is real—John Green himself has endured anxiety and OCD into adulthood and pulled much of the novel's inspiration from his own life. Encourage teens that struggle with mental health issues that they aren't alone and that mental illness is not shameful—reading Turtles All the Way Down may help them remember.