Do you think the internet plays a part in the way we make friends these days?
“Sara, Sophia, and I met when we were chosen to be a part of a film. From there, we kept in touch by phone and, most of all, social media. The internet is what we see now as the way to keep in touch without having to exchange numbers. As social media grows, our ability to connect with others only gets easier. It’s what connects the individual to the world and their surroundings.” —Lesly, 18
How would you describe your generation?
“Being born into Generation Z, you’re brought up in a new community that allows and credibly enforces diversity. Teenagers today are not necessarily rebelling against society; they’re changing it, making society a more livable environment. More and more young people are making efforts to change the status quo in making space for their voices and ideas. Our generation has been able to redefine itself freely, more so than ever. I think Generation Z is impeccable, and I am so proud to be a part of it.” —Tula, 16
How do you feel when people demonize the internet?
“A lot of older people around me always blame the internet. They say it’s garbage, and it consumes everybody, but that’s not what it’s about at all. Just like everything else in life, the internet can be extremely beneficial if you know how to use it that way. It can do beautiful things. It is one of the most useful modern developments, in my opinion, because I’ve seen how it brings people together. It can do destruction, but that shouldn’t overshadow all the good it has done, and all the good it continues to do for people’s lives.” —Sophie, 15
What do you think people’s assumptions are of you, being that you’re a young girl?
“I think people’s assumptions are that I am automatically unhappy with my appearance and personality, and if I express satisfaction with myself, then I must be arrogant. Unfortunately, girls are encouraged to see each other as competition, as if there’s only room for a certain amount of us. That’s a direct result of this expectation that we don’t have more important things to think about than who looks best.” —Charlotte, 16
How do you define being young in this day and age?
“It’s pretty difficult. I find myself facing new challenges every day and trying to keep myself from bad company, or just things that will make my conscience feel heavy.” —Sara, 16
What does social media mean to you?
“I like to think of my social media platforms as extensions of myself. They offer a sort of digital tangibility for my progression and growth. I like to use social media as a tool to document my journey.” —Zoé, 21
Do you sometimes feel that you’re at a disadvantage because of your age?
“Nothing is at a disadvantage because of my age. Although when I was younger, I did feel that, because of my age, I was very limited. From my point of view, there are moments when these limitations—by your guardians or society—have their reasons, which you might or might not understand yet.” —Lesly, 18