Vacation photos... to post or not to post

Tech Talk Tuesday #26
Do you post photos of yourself on vacation?

A recent survey found that 76 percent of travelers post their vacation photos to social networks. People have different feelings about this--for example, some people love to see people on vacation and others may feel envious. 

One type of photo that is popping up a lot on your teens' Instagram and Snapchats are pictures of friends in their bathing suits. Yesterday I asked my daughter Tessa and her friend Cedar why they think girls like to post pictures of themselves in bathing suits and they both answered very quickly:

"because it's beautiful." 

I then asked if they liked seeing their friends in skimpy suits and they said, "not really." Many parents don't want their daughters to post such revealing pictures. It made me think, but is this in fact body shaming in a way?  I am eager to talk with the girls more about this tonight at dinner.

Today for Tech Talk Tuesday let's discuss what everyone in the family is posting on social media this summer.

Questions to ask this week:

1. Are you posting vacation photos? If so, why, and if not, why not?

2. How do you think it makes people feel when you post an image of yourself having fun? Do you think it elicits jealousy, envy, joy, intrigue?

3. Do you post pictures of yourself in a bathing suit? If so, why? Or if not, why not?

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