SOCIAL MEDIA = STRONGER RELATIONSHIPS“This type of participation on a social network site is a criticalelement of staying socially connected”=
SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS ARE WHERE WE GO TOHANGOUT“Just as they have done in parking lots and shopping malls, teensgather in networked public spaces for a variety of purposes,including to negotiate identity, gossip, support one another,jockey for status, collaborate, share information, flirt, joke, andgoof off. They go there to hang out”
ONLINE AND OFF-LINE ARE NOT SEPARATEWORLDS. THEY ARE SIMPLY DIFFERENTSETTINGS.“When teens are involved in friendship-driven practices, online andoffline are not separate worlds, they are simply different settingsin which to gather with friends and peers”
TEENS WILL TYPICALLY LEVERAGE SOCIALMEDIA TO DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS“Facebook makes it easier to talk to people at school that you maynot see a lot of know very well”
MEETING NEW FRIENDS“Social media theoretically allow teens to move beyondgeographic restrictions and connect with new people”Adding your college roommate online before actuallymeeting them is an example of how teens can connectwith new people.
SOCIAL MEDIA CAN LEAD TO FRIENDSHIPS ANDCONNECTIONS, HOWEVER IT CAN ALSO LEADTO CYBER BULLYING AND DRAMA.“Teens use social meia to develop and maintain friendships, butthey also use them to seek attention and generate drama”This is more common in teens in high school.
DELETING A FRIEND“Generally, it is socially unacceptable to delete a friend one knows.When this is done, it is primarily after a fight or breakup. Inthese situations, the act of deletion is spiteful and intentionallydesigned to hurt the other person”
FRIEND REQUESTS: WHO TO ACCEPT ORDECLINE“Teens must determine their own boundaries concerningwhom to accept and whom to reject”With “My Space” generally anyone is welcomed as a friend.Facebook however, has given users the power to choosewho is on their contact list.
PRIVATIZED CONTENTWhile searching for friends within a social network it is often thatusers won’t have their settings set at private. This ultimatelygives other users access to private information which could beused wrongfully within the social network.
SOCIAL SCRIPTCreating a dialog on social media is essential in ensuring a strongrelationship. “Teens use different channels to reasure their friends thatthey are still thinking of them. So, while drama is common, teensactually spend much more time and effort trying to preserve harmony,reasure friends, and reaffirm relationships”
CONCLUSION“While we see no indication that social media are changing thefundamental nature of these friendship practices, we do see differencesin the intensity of engagement among peers, and conversely, in therelative alienation of parents and teachers from these social worlds.Youth continue to experience their teenage years as a time to immersethemselves in these peer-based statues negotiations and to developtheir social and cultural identities in ways that are independent fromtheir parents, and they are aided now in these practices by a new suiteof communication tools”