Social media has changed how we interact with each other, and the impact has been particularly great on teenage girls, says journalist Nancy Jo Sales.
Sales has been writing about the lives of American teens for the last two decades, and spent close to three years researching her new book, “American Girls.’ She spoke to over 200 American girls residing in various parts of the country to find out how they use popular apps like Yik Yak, Whisper, and Snapchat.
Like their male counterparts, teenage girls are spending a disproportionate amount of time online and on their phones, often without any supervision from parents.
But unlike boys, their social media use has made them more vulnerable to sexual harassment and cyberbullying. The book paints a picture of what it’s like to come of age in the era of social media, and the magnified consequences for American girls.
Nancy Jo Sales, journalist and author of “American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers” (Knopf, 2016); she tweets from @NancyJoSales