Teens say so­cial me­dia makes them feel bet­ter

A ma­jor­ity also say they see deroga­tory com­ments some­times or of­ten: Poll

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - LIFE - Bar­Bara Or­tu­tay

NEW YORK — To­day’s teens are al­ways on their smart­phones. Many check so­cial me­dia “con­stantly ” and pre­fer tex­ting over face-to-face com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

But a new poll finds that these same teens also say that so­cial me­dia has a pos­i­tive ef­fect on their lives, help­ing them feel more con­fi­dent, less lonely and less de­pressed.

The poll was re­leased Mon­day by Com­mon Sense Me­dia, a San Fran­cisco-based non-profit group fo­cused on kids’ use of me­dia and tech­nol­ogy. It found that 89 per cent of teenagers have their own smart­phone. That’s up from 41 per cent in 2012, the last time the sur­vey was con­ducted.

But while 2012’s teens were all over Face­book, the age group’s pres­ence on the so­cial net­work has plum­meted in the past six years. Only 15 per cent of teens now say Face­book is their main so­cial net­work. In 2012, 68 per cent did.

To­day, 44 per cent of teens say their pri­mary so­cial net­work is Snapchat, mak­ing it the most pop­u­lar so­cial me­dia app, fol­lowed by In­sta­gram (which is owned by Face­book) at 22 per cent.

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