facebook me was created to explore and shine light on an unprecedented adolescent experience. The events of this play are based on the lives and experiences of our teenage company members and reflect the challenging reality of growing-up on Facebook.
Facebook affects every aspect of teen life: Status never sleeps as a 24/7 stream of new profile pics and updates determines the topic du jour of the school day. Private battles are fought in public as thousands witness, comment, take sides and ultimately determine a victor. A witty comment, a suggestive photograph, a scandal revealed--nothing is too sacred nor too personal in the goal to garner "likes" and be liked.
Our goal was to artistically ignite a serious conversation among teens, parents, educators…everyone, really!...about the effects of social media saturation on the creative, emotional, and physical lives of iGeneration girls.
The Arts Effect girls created facebook me during “unplugged” sessions. The girls stepped beyond their Facebook walls to honestly discuss and artistically examine their dueling online and offline identities, the countless hours spent “self-marketing”, the pics they “must” upload, the comments they crave, and their struggle to create a healthy balance given the addictive nature of this new teen-life phenomenon. Through this process the company members discovered a renewed appreciation for offline time and their offline selves!
Facebook is here to stay. And that’s totally cool. But, we dare you…
To sign out, log off, and power down…even for just a few hours! We’re challenging girls out there and their families to reclaim and revive their offline lives! There is strength, voice, meaning, and ambition beyond the screen!
The Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Company and facebook me are proof of all that’s possible when girls log out and reconnect.
Make the pledge. Be a girl, unplugged.
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