Social Media And Obsession With Body Image Led Gay Teen To Seek Unhealthy Validation

Right after coming out as a gay teenager, Kevin Carnell filled up his Tumblr and Instagram with “guys with the chiseled abs, like very muscular. Beautiful, beautiful men.” Thinking that’s what gay men were supposed to be, he developed an unhealthy obsession seeking validation from others which led to a disappointing experience losing his virginity, and a sexual experience that left him feeling used. He soon realized that validation doesn’t come from others, but from within.