Growing up is hard at any age, but today’s youth have it especially hard because of the pressures created by social media. A Pew Research Center survey found that nearly half of teens ages 13 to 17 were online almost constantly, and nearly all used a social media platform. Though there are some benefits to youth being connected to social media, there can be lot of harm too. Social media can amplify and distort negative self-images and encourage unfair comparisons with others. As Christians, we can remind young people that our true identity is found exclusively in God.

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Robert C. Blezard
Robert C. Blezard is pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aberdeen, Md., and editor of Living Lutheran's study guides. Previously he served as an assistant to the bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod.

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