9 Ways Social Media is Impacting TeensA Common Sense Media Poll found that half of American teens log onto their favorite social media platform at least once a day, while 22 percent do so at least 10 times a day. Given this, many teens and tweens primarily interact via social media rather than by hanging out face-to-face with friends. While this demonstrates a major shift in youth interaction habits, social media has likely also altered the development of young people. Here are some ways social media is impacting the mental health of teens both positively and negatively.
Developing Professional Skills
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A recent study found that the use of social networking websites is helping students learn the skills needed to be successful in the professional world at an earlier age and regardless of sociological background. Teens are developing a positive attitude towards technology, editing and customizing content, experimenting with online design and layout, and sharing creative work like artwork, literature, and videos. The 140 word limit in twitter is also teaching young adults how to get to the point quickly and be consise with their information. Thanks to social media, today’s teens are more ready for the work world than their parents!