With it now commonplace for middle-school students to have smartphones, they are able to snap pictures — any time and any place — and instantly upload them to Facebook. Kids have been doing this since the site was first launched eight years ago and even before that with MySpace and LiveJournal. Technology, of course, is the driver. This is despite the fact that there's a disconnect between the self these girls are presenting online — their brand management, to be precise — and how they describe themselves in real life. But a new survey suggests that despite the risks, social networks can make teen girls more emotionally safe and closer to their friends.
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Creating a persona via Facebook is nothing new. And those amateur mistakes every teenager is bound to make are immortalized. Sitting beside me at the panel, a teenage girl paged intently through a book called, "Are You Right For Modeling," lingering on a chart of required measurements.