Modesty in the Social Media World: Does It Even Exist Anymore?

Salina Petros, Staff Writer

It’s safe to say that showing more skin than usual has become the norm for young girls in Generation Z. Young girls on social media need to be monitored and corrected for the actions they pick up from others on social media.

Modesty seems to be something that is getting lost in society, especially on social media.  On social media, there are an overwhelming number of people, mostly females, who consistently expose their bodies to the public where anyone is able to see them. One look at social media, especially Tiktok, and Instagram, reveals this tendency that young people have for putting themselves and their bodies out there. 

As these young people post on social media doing dances or posting their outgoings, everyone’s eyes stare at the outfit they have put together which, in most cases, are very exposing to parts of the body that should be covered. This attire that is on full display is often defended with the argument that it is nothing more than an expression of one’s self-confidence. However, while confidence is good, young girls especially must realize that it does not come from inappropriate, skin revealing outfits, but from respecting one’s self and your body and setting in morals as well as principles that allow you to conduct yourself in a humble manner. 

Modesty is defined as respectability in dress, speech, or conduct. This definition is, of course, open for interpretation for all people through their family, their culture, or even their religion. This modesty is often on display in how one dresses, which is done according to what they feel is appropriate. In the article “What Is Modesty? | Teens Girls Talk About Modesty #2,” it describes the importance of modesty and how it relates to self-respect. In a website called FLEXTALK it states, “When you dress or act immodestly, other people may begin to think that you don’t respect yourself. When this starts to happen, they may disrespect you as well.” It is crucial that young girls pay attention to how they carry themselves both in public and online. Practicing modesty will allow one to not only respect themselves but also save themselves from any uncomfortable feelings that may result from the revealing clothes they wear or the attention they bring to it from others.

Social media is a very dangerous place. It is a very bittersweet place in that you have fun posting what goes on in your life and enjoy others’ posts, but you have many people who troll, offer rude judgement, and follow all that you do. Wearing an immodest outfit and revealing too much skin to some might be nice and cute but to others it might be taken the wrong way. It is sad to say, but it is simply the cruel world we live in; a place where every single person doesn’t have human decency.

Social media sets this agenda where it accepts some content but rejects others. Young girls can easily be consumed by this and feel the need to post worthy content. In the Pew Research Center article “Teens Social Media Habits and Experiences” by Monica Anderson and JingJing Jiang, they state, “For some teens, sharing their life online can come with added social burdens: Around four-in-ten say they feel pressure to only post content on social media that makes them look good to others (43%) or share things that will get a lot of likes or comments (37%).” As a result of this, some young girls who may not feel completely comfortable wearing their immodest attire in posts, do it because they see others do it and they want to be just like them. 

Social media is an important part of our culture and this seems unlikely to change. Therefore, the importance of spreading the idea of modesty to social media is crucial because of how many young girls use the platform and are faced with the pressure to post content that they do not necessarily wish to. If a modest agenda is spread and brought to the attention of many, it will later result in generations reciprocating these correct principles.