Because I can see where this is going...
Colin Powell was fully vaccinated...and 84 years old...aka his death is an unfortunate reminder of why boosters are needed for older adults (i.e., weaker immune systems)... and of why the pandemic needs to be brought under control ASAP.
Colin Powell, who served as secretary of state during the presidency of George W. Bush and led the first Gulf War as chairman of the joint chiefs, has died at age 84 of complications from COVID-19, his family confirmed.
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The long and short of it is: I get to have opinions now, I will be writing the newsletter and articles for the opinion section on other topics tbd! I'm so excited and can't wait to work with @katiekings and everybody on the desk.
Also some ~personal news~ I'm moving to the opinion desk of the Times! If you are already a reader of the NYT Parenting newsletter don't worry – I'm still going to write it. It just will have a broader lens now. Here's my big mug with the announcement
TLDR: You can't keep your kids off social media forever if they want to be on it (my parents tried to ban MTV, I just watched it when they weren't there). What you CAN do is teach your children critical thinking skills about the images they're seeing.
There's also some positive effects of social media — if your kids are looking at body positive images of a range of shapes and sizes, or parodies of the thin-ideal (think: Celeste Barber) it may improve their moods.
As for the research on social media, image-based platforms like Instagram have a “small link to negative body image,” said @JasmineFardouly, who studies the topic. The research on non-image based platforms, like Facebook, is a little bit more mixed, she said.
Secondly, there was a ton of research on teen girls, eating disorders and body image in the 90s and 00s. A review of the literature found that repeated exposure to thin ideal images can be a risk factor for body dissatisfaction, disordered eating and concerns over weight.
First of all, I remember being a teen girl watching MTV and desperately wanting the chiseled abs of every member of TLC! I wanted to know: is social media truly worse for teen body image than TV and magazines?