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American Girls

Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers
Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
4 out of 5 stars (250 ratings)

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Instagram. Whisper. Yik Yak. Vine. YouTube. Kik. Ask.fm. Tinder. The dominant force in the lives of girls coming of age in America today is social media. What it is doing to an entire generation of young women is the subject of award-winning Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo Sales' riveting and explosive American Girls.

With extraordinary intimacy and precision, Sales captures what it feels like to be a girl in America today. From Montclair to Manhattan and Los Angeles, from Florida and Arizona to Texas and Kentucky, Sales crisscrossed the country, speaking to more than 200 girls, ages 13 to 19, and documenting a massive change in the way girls are growing up, a phenomenon that transcends race, geography, and household income. American Girls provides a disturbing portrait of the end of childhood as we know it and of the inexorable and ubiquitous experience of a new kind of adolescence - one dominated by new social and sexual norms, where a girl's first crushes and experiences of longing and romance occur in an accelerated electronic environment; where issues of identity and self-esteem are magnified and transformed by social platforms that provide instantaneous judgment.

What does it mean to be a girl in America in 2016? It means coming of age online in a hypersexualized culture that has normalized extreme behavior, from pornography to the casual exchange of nude photographs; a culture rife with a virulent new strain of sexism and a sometimes self-undermining notion of feminist empowerment; a culture in which teenagers are spending so much time on technology and social media that they are not developing basic communication skills. From beauty gurus to slut shaming to a disconcerting trend of exhibitionism, Nancy Jo Sales provides a shocking window into the troubling world of today's teenage girls.

Provocative and urgent, American Girls is destined to ignite a much-needed conversation about how we can help our daughters and sons negotiate unprecedented new challenges.

©2016 Nancy Jo Sales (P)2016 Random House Audio

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Fascinating Look at Social Media's Effect on Teen Sexuality

American Girls was a fascinating if sobering look at teen girls and how social media has impacted teen sexuality. The life of my teenagers and how they interact and socialize is quite far removed from my own experience as a teen. We've raised our teens to be comfortable interacting in person as well as in cyberspace so they have a balance. It seems so few teens, and many adults, don't know how to socialize or form intimate relationships with others. The book was well written although some parts seemed to drag in the beginning and some of the book was a bit repetitive.Therese Plummers vocal performance was top notch and I think her delivery of the material was perfect. I would highly recommend this book to parents of teenagers or young adults to open a dialogue about safe and respectful use of social media.

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  • Laurie
  • Florence, KY, United States
  • 06-03-16

OMG

I am not a parent, but I found this book to be interesting and terrifying at the same time. I really had no idea what teenagers were doing on their phones and on the internet, nor did I really understand Snapchat and other apps like that. I would recommend for parents everywhere!

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A must read if you are a parent!

Knowledge is power. So glad this book was recommended to me by a friend. Scary stuff but I'd rather have an idea as to what my kids are exposed to and engaging with than turning a blind eye or being naive. No easy conclusions or answers here but the conversations with our boys and girls need to happen sooner and younger than I may have realized.

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A Must Read for anyone who has or works with teens

While the focus is on teen girls, listeners (or readers) will also gain insight into the minds of teenage boys. at once heartbreaking, enlightening, and entertaining, this is a must read for anyone with teens in their life.

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  • Don
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Ear opening. Very well performed by reader.

Valuable research insights for parents of teenage kids and very young adults. My, how things have changed.

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Exposes what's really happening

Thank you for this real yet sensitive research into the virtual life of our young loved ones and how it affects them. This knowledge helps me as a dad understand how to have meaningful conversations with my daughter on the topic of social media. Caution, it's pretty graphic. Listen before you recommend it to a young person.

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powerful look into the lives of modern teenagers

great story telling. at times I felt like some of the tales repeated themselves, which made the book feel a bit longer than needed

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The narrator was perfect the facts were strong the insight was very impressive. This book was very nice to listen to. This author knows how to put a book together

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a must-read for parents of teens

a thought-provoking book and an exceptional performance. I would recommend this book to anyone with teenage kids.

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I wish all women would read and put into practice the opposite

Of what we are doing to each other. Our Beauvoir is what's feeding the disgusting unhealthy nature of the way men are wired.
And instead of continuing to destroy ourselves and fall prey to the disturbing trends lend and ear and empower each other to change the debauchery that's destroying us