TikTok Blocks ‘Legging Legs’ Trend as Experts Voice Concern
What? “Legging Legs” has been described as Gen Z’s “thigh gap” or “bikini bridge.” It’s a trend that showcases the “perfect” or “ideal” size and shape that women and girls should have to wear these spandex pants.
So What? Experts have slammed the trend for promoting unrealistic body standards, which might subsequently amplify girls’ body insecurities and undermine their self-esteem. It’s been called “disgusting,” “toxic” and “harmful” by social media users. In response, TikTok now redirects searches for the trend toward resources for eating disorders.
Now What? It’s important for teen girls, especially those who’ve been targets of body shaming, to remember that genetics and bone structure play a bigger role in certain body types than diet or exercise. And as one influencer pointed out, beauty standards change every couple of weeks, if not weekly, so “our sole purpose in life is not to fit into clothes and to fit into whatever beauty standard is in right now.”
AI Can Promote or Stifle a Child’s Creativity
What? Parents and teachers have voiced concerns that implementing AI in the classroom may hinder the learning process—particularly the creative thinking process.
So What? A new study indicates that “allowing students to practice creativity independently first will strengthen their belief in themselves and their abilities. Once they accomplish this, AI can be useful in furthering their learning, much like teaching long division to students before introducing a calculator.”
Now What? While the study found that AI can be beneficial in the brainstorming phase of creativity, “the essential tasks of defining problems and critically evaluating ideas still rely heavily on human input.” And students shouldn’t rely too heavily on AI, since many of the ideas are either repetitive (given that generative AI recycles existing content) or completely unrealistic (because AI can “hallucinate,” yielding inaccurate results).
Asthma Is More Common Among High School Students Who Use Marijuana
What? In 2019, 37% of high school students reported using marijuana. Those numbers dropped in 2020 and 2021. But in 2022, 8.3% of eighth graders, 19.5% of 10th graders and 30.7% of 12th graders reported using the drug at least once in the previous year.
So What? Researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the City University of New York have now found a connection between asthma and marijuana use. Asthma is more common among teens who use cannabis, and that correlation increases with the frequency of use.
Now What? Parents should know that marijuana usage among adolescents been linked to a range of mental health problems, such as depression and social anxiety, as well as schizophrenia. Approximately 3 in 10 people who use marijuana have marijuana-use disorder (and the risk of developing this disorder is stronger in people who start using marijuana during youth or adolescence). And, of course, there’s been a rise in cannabis laced with fentanyl, an even more addictive and potentially lethal drug. So while some advocates try to characterize pot use as benign, the weight of scientific evidence strongly suggests otherwise.
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