“Photoshopping, especially as it’s related to children and adolescents, gives them an unrealistic expectation of what they might expect to look like as they grow up,” said Jeremy Lazarus, AMA’s president-elect. “So there are adverse health consequences as a result of that.”
When young people measure themselves against body types that can only be attained with the help of photo-editing software, it can lead to a poor body image and dangerous, unhealthy behaviors. Several studies have linked exposure to manipulated pictures to eating disorders and other health problems.
Celebs and artists like Lady Gaga and Beyoncé have raised their voice to the injustice of severe photo editing. Check out this music video from a Hungarian singer named Boogie who demonstrates the power of retouching in her new video, “Parfum.” Boggie chose to reveal the extent to which celebrities are altered to make a statement about modern consumerism and urge women to be themselves.
To some degree, we all grow up wanting to change certain things about ourselves. What if you could appear to be the media’s version of perfect ? Would your altered image become your Facebook profile pic STAT!? BuzzFeed gave four women professional makeovers and had them pose for photos. Then they photoshopped them to look like true “cover models.” Check out their reactions in the video.
They were happier being their unique awesome selves! So let’s embrace the freckles, the curves, the smile lines, the cow licks, the crooked teeth, the one eye that’s a little lower than the other (that’s me!) – everything that makes you, you.
Have you ever wondered why things just have not gone right for you? Well, in my experience, I learned that is starts with you. What do I mean by that? I mean you get what you give! Everything in life is reciprocal (give-and-take); for example, you have a friendship that is in turmoil and you cannot seem to understand one another’s positions; sometime you have to ask yourself “Am I the problem?” or “What toxic things have I contributed to the relationship that could have caused so much chaos?” Another step that you can take is self-evaluation. You can start by asking yourself a couple self-reflecting questions like, what is bothering me and why? What is it that I want from this friendship or person and am I using clear communication to express to my listener? Knowing the answers to these questions may help you figure out where you went wrong and it may also help you understand why your friend reacts and feel the way they do toward you. Lastly, after you have realistically asked and answered your self-reflecting questions share your information with your buddy; tell him/her about the process and why you did it. Encourage your friend to participate and share their answers as well. Here at Carnegie Library we have lots of teen reading material that will help guide you on your journey to fixing your friendship. So come check us out, after all a productive and reciprocal friendship is worth saving!
Help yourself by helping others!
Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer! Through volunteerism, I learned that helping others with no need or want of compensation really makes you feel great inside. Being a part of something greater than yourself, allows you to lucidly understand that you are fortunate and that you some of your daily problems are mediocre and easily fixable. Secondly volunteering helps connect you with other. For example, one of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to commit to a shared activity together. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area. Volunteering also strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighborhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities. Third, volunteering is good for your mind and body. Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity. And the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals. Last but not least, from my experience, volunteering can advance your career without making a long-term commitment. For example, if you’re interested in nursing, you could volunteer at a hospital or a nursing home. Your volunteer work might also expose you to professional organizations or internships that could be of benefit to your career. As you can see, there are many advantages with volunteer. Did you know that you can volunteer at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh? We love and support our teen volunteers, because you are the reason why our organization thrives! See your branch Teen Librarian for more details; he/she will be happy to assist you!
Welcome to 2014- a fresh start, a clean slate, a chance to kiss a dog! Wait, what? I don’t know what compelled little Michelle Tanner to kiss a dog, but I do know that people love the beginning of a new year because it symbolizes renewal. New Year’s offers an opportunity to shed any disappointments from the previous year, to look forward, and to transform yourself. If you made resolutions but you don’t have a plan of action or know where to start, we can offer support! Some of our very own Teen Staff have shared their resolutions for 2014 below. If any of these resolutions sound similar to yours, remember that the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has books, programs, and electronic resources that can help you achieve your goals.
November is one of my favorite months since we are in the middle of football season, hockey and basketball are starting and my favorite holiday (Thanksgiving) takes place this month. The last few years has seen a new November tradition and that is Movember. If you are unfamiliar with Movember you can get a short history of it here. Basically it started with a small group of men in an Australian pub who decided to grow mustaches to raise money to fight prostate cancer. Since those humble beginnings, the Movember Foundation has raised over $175 million to fight cancer.
Besides being a great way to raise money to fight prostate cancer, Movember is also responsible for some EPIC ‘staches! Here are a few of my favorites:
A lot of organizations talk about “going green” these days, but the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is taking the concept to a whole new level. Did you know that the Main Library (and many more library locations throughout the city) planted vegetable and herb gardens this spring?
This week at CLP Main- Teen, we’ll be kicking off our own *Teen* Gardening Thyme program series! Throughout the summer, we’ll be hosting cool garden and gardening related programs. Each program will begin with a tour of the fabulous garden at CLP Main! Program participation is limited to teens and registration is required.
If you’re a teen who will be near the West End Library on Wednesday, stop in to get pampered!
There will be he normal Teen Lounge stuff – Xbox, Wii, Art Corner, and snacks, but you can also make a body scrub from scratch – this sugar-based concoction will make your skin smoother if you’re into that.
CC licensed photo by flickr user knittycent
You can take home easy skin care recipes to make from stuff you probably have in your own kitchen.
This could be a great Mother’s Day gift, too!
It’s from 4:30-6:30 and is FREE as usual. Check out the event page by clicking here.
Can’t get to the West End on May 1st? Check out these books:
Did any of your neighbors swap their white outdoor light bulb for a blue bulb on April 2? When you drove past the CONSOL Energy Center did you notice its screens and LED pucks were blue instead of black and gold? Your neighbors, the Penguins, and others around the took part in Light It Up Blue to commemorate World Autism Day (April 2) and kick off National Autism Awareness Month!
Autism is a disorder that is usually diagnosed in early childhood. The main signs and symptoms of autism involve communication, social interactions and repetitive behaviors.
Children with autism might have problems talking with you, or they might not look you in the eye when you talk to them. They may spend a lot of time putting things in order before they can pay attention, or they may say the same sentence again and again to calm themselves down. They often seem to be in their “own world.”
Because people with autism can have very different features or symptoms, health care providers think of autism as a “spectrum” disorder. Asperger syndrome is a milder version of the disorder.
Organizations like Autism Speaks and the Autism Society work to raise awareness about autism and issues within the autism community not only in April but also year-round. Did you know the Autism Society teamed up with AMC Theatres to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities an opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment every month at “Sensory Friendly Films?” How cool is that?
As you travel around the city be on the lookout for other buildings participating in Light It Up Blue, like the Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Science Center and PNC Park.