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Two Faced: Teens Live a Double Life Online

by Tanya Thomas on July 8, 2009 at 10:45 AM

 Two Faced: Teens Live a Double Life Online
A new study has suggested that teenagers often fake their age, looks, and lives on the Internet. Online, a lot of them seem to be living digital lies.

According to the study, headed by a skincare products manufacturer, the rise of online social networking and net access is causing teens to lead double lives.
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More than half of the 1004 teens interviewed, between the age bracket of 13-19, said that they fabricated their appearance and lied about their age to try to seem cool and make more friends over the World Wide Web.

"It's a lot easier to be confident online when you don't have to worry about your weight or your looks," the Herald Sun quoted Madi Busch, 16, as saying.
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Adolescent psychologist Dr. Michael Carr-Gregg said that the findings showed that many teens were "making up their profile photos to look better".

He said: "Many are living a digital lie and should be careful in case it comes back to bite them later on."

Source: ANI
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