Author’s Photo

Why Teen Girls Need More Altruism on Social Media if Humanity Matters?

What is time worth if you make bad choices and forfeit the future?

Annemarie Berukoff
5 min readApr 25, 2021


Who has not looked at a newborn baby girl and marveled at the perfect creation of humanity? The precious face, arms, legs, little fingers with near transparent fingernails and tiny toes. Who hasn’t looked at a little girl and marveled at her innocence, openness to listen and learn and the genuine warmth that generates the love that’s all accepting and transcendent?

Who hasn’t wished that each little girl will grow up through teen challenges to become a young responsible woman to motherhood herself as one of the most important roles she will ever have to give birth and pass on her values and unconditional love?

So, at what point along the rites of adolescent passage will they encounter social media, the recent interloper that is so omnipresent that it has normalized its manipulation as part of teenagers’ experiences? What platforms does it offer to stand on to recognize their needs for self- esteem, self-worth or life’s values? Where will they look to find inherent beauty and intrinsic worth? What will they take away from others to sustain their Selfie ego? What online world will they inhabit to cope with a selfish, aggressive, competitive and antisocial virtual reality?

When you are so young, how do you describe humanity or tell the difference between genuine social bonds and cheap artificial substitutes?

Humanity is a virtue linked with basic ethics of altruism derived from the human condition that also symbolises human love and compassion towards each other using kindness and social intelligence. (Wikipedia)

Altruism is the principle and moral practice of concern for happiness of other human beings or other animals, resulting in a quality of life both material and spiritual…it may become a synonym of selflessness, which is the opposite of selfishness. (Wikipedia)

So how does altruism fit into a frame called a profile built on number ratings and self-aggrandizement? Look at me … so special because I have so many followers and fans based on what objective criteria? Love me or leave me if I’m not hot enough, says who? What form of communication…



Annemarie Berukoff

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