Lifestyle

If you’re a woman or plan to be one, you’ll know what I mean. “Lose 10 lbs. overnight”, “How to win the guy of your dreams”, “Beauty tips to make you look like a star”. The world’s focus is the outward appearance and we are all guilty at some level of subscribing to it. Boys suffer as a consequence too, but the largest casualty is our girls. Compulsive disorders (Anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive overeating top that list), and depression, which are all directly tied into issues with self esteem, are at an all time high. Bullying with it’s newer outlets in IM and text messaging, has also reached peak levels among girls. Online social networks such as myspace create environments where it’s easy to hide behind an online persona. Girls and young women seek to reach popular online friend status and what is their hook? Sexual talk, bragging about partying adventures, and erotic photographs of themselves.