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One Assumption Allowed at the Crossroads for Teen Girls on Social Media

Change cannot happen unless you are ready for it… Dr. Phil

Annemarie Berukoff
5 min readOct 13, 2020


“But here is the strangest paradox of Time that it can only be managed in a very small-time frame called TODAY. And TODAY can sometimes be sparked by a tinier matter of CHOICE.” Teen Girl Faces Time in the Sand

In Geology, a younger rock formation isolated among older rocks is called an outlier. So, if an older person stands up among younger people to share wise experience is she also an outlier because she cares?

Can we set the table for discussion with some common assumptions?

  • The internet revolution is here to stay and grow exponentially.
  • Social media will be the communication channel for better or for worse.
  • Almost all levels of mainstream culture are digitally disrupted with necessary adaptive changes.
  • Teen culture is the more vulnerable because adolescent brains are still in formation to build a rationale, deductive frontal cortex.

Are we at a crossroad with 4 different settings or solutions for teen girls?

One: Everything is fine … they will grow out of teenage angst on social media … maturity is a step away at 20 years as independent, competent adults.

Two: There are serious problems with internet exploitation of teen girls via various platforms, body images, psychologists’ reports re depression, etc. graphic of teen culture at a crossroad

Three: Much advice about tactical control tips for parents, self-esteem worksheets, meditation practice, new curriculum objectives re sexting, etc.

Four: Change internal MINDSET that my OFFLINE TIME in my space is more important than ONLINE TIME in somebody else’s virtual reality.

One assumption: What is the best way to overcome conditioned reflexes and relearn new mindsets?



Annemarie Berukoff

Retired teacher — Affiliate Marketer, Big Picture Wisdom, author 4 e-books: social media teens, eco-fiction ecology