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Teens Say Social Media Improves Their Lives

With all of the nightmarish scenarios about teens being bullied on Facebook, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that most teens have positive experiences with social networks.

In fact, the majority of teenagers believe that social media is a positive influence in their lives, according to a new report from Common Sense Media.

The report, “Social Media, Social Life: How Teens View Their Digital Lives,” which was based on a national survey of 1,030 13-17 year-olds, found that of the 90% of teens who have used social media, the majority said it has been more of a positive than a negative influence.

Here are some other stats worth noting (check out the infographic below too):

- 75% of teens have a profile on a social network. Their social networking site of choice is Facebook.

- 52% of teens say that social networking helps their relationships with friends

- 37% of teens say that social networking helps their relationships with family

- 41% of teens consider themselves “addicted” to their phones

Still, even though they generally view social networking as a positive think,  36% of teens say they wish they could go back to a time when there was no Facebook. Similarly, 41% of teens sometimes wish they could “unplug.”

Interestingly, there’s a gender gap when it comes to social networking among teens, especially when it comes to Twitter. 33% of girl teenagers say they have tweeted, while only 22% of boy teens have. Girls also text more than boys, with 77% of teen girls saying they text daily, compared to 60% of boy teens. Girls are also more inclined to feel left out or hurt when they see photos of others online and are more likely to worry that other people are posting unflattering photos of them online.

The good news in all of this is that teens say they still prefer face time to screen time, with 49% of them saying that their favorite way to communicate is in person. So the next time you need to talk to your teen, think twice before you text.

Photo: Shutterstock.com/Teenage Girls Texting


 

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