Teens and Friendships OnlineOld are the days of quiet contemplation foryouths, now most of their time is taken up bythe online activities, the most popular beingFacebook. This website gives a new term forthe name friend. Friend is no longer a closeconfidant or a new acquaintance, it could be astranger you passed in the hall, or a classmatein school, you have never said hello to.
How Teens Use Media• Teens use media in a way to connect with friends• Keep in contact with new friends• Make bonds with people• Be apart of a group• Build identities
How Teens Use Media• Access information about peers or other groups• Make plans• Hang out online
FACEBOOK and MYSPACE• These sites allow kids to interact on a whole new level• Kids that feel ostracized can find groups that make them feel connected• Teens use these sites for social support where they can be anonymous• Teens use these sites to show their status, by pictures, relationships, and tastes
Photobucket and Facebook• This program is used to document teens lives• Share photos with others• Post photos onto their media web pages• Depict their lives in the way they want
Social Pressure and Media Etiquette• Teens feel pressure to accept people as friends whether they are close friends or not• There is pressure to have a number of online friends• Teens feel pressure to maintain an “image”• Teens feel bad if they delete a friend• You do not reject a friend you “know”
Pros and Cons• There can be many pros to these media websites, allowing teens to connect with one another in a healthy way and manage relationships• Be apart of a group• Receive support through different outlets• Find new friends that you share hobbies with
Cons to Media Use• Teens feel as if gossip travels faster• Teens feel bullied by the gossip• Although rare there are sexual predators looking for young teens• Teens feel stalked and can stalk others• Some teens can feel rejected by the friending process• Drama seems more present and can carry on outside of school• Teens are always “on”
Self-esteem• Many teens today find these sites as a way to comfort themselves or improve their self esteem• Many times teens will find confirmation in the number of online friends they have or that they have a certain number of posts on their page• Teens will often post pictures that depict them in a certain way to make them look and feel attractive
Confirmation• Teens will often search new friends as a way to find more about them• Teens can also find friends with their same hobbies and interests• Teens find these media websites as a way to feel apart of something
Discussion• Are media websites healthy?• Are teens worried too much about their media image then their one in reality?• How do teens that have these websites differ from those who do not?• Is Facebook addictive?• Is cyber bullying worse than physical bullying?• While there is much to be offered from these websites are they doing more harm than good?