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  2. 2. OVERVIEW OF CHAPTER TWO: FRIENDSHIP The following chapter documents how social media(s) are incorporated into today’s teen friendship practices in the context of their everyday peer groups. This chapter also focuses on the role that technology plays in establishing, reinforcing, complicating and damaging friendship-driven social bonds. This chapter also discusses how social media intersects with four types of everyday peer negotiations: making friends, performing friendships, articulating friendship hierarchies and navigating issues of status, attention as well as drama.
  3. 3. “SOCIAL MEDIA ALLOWS TEENS TO EXTEND THEIR INTERACTIONS BEYOND PHYSICAL BOUNDARIES . CONVERSATIONS & INTERACTIONS DO NOT END WHEN FRIENDS ARE SEPARATED.” • In the 1980’s the mall served as a key site for teen sociability. Today social media platforms are the new site for teen interaction. • Just as teens flocked to the malls because of social restrictions, many of today’s teens are gathering online because of the variety of social and cultural limitations that teens are dealt.
  4. 4. PEERS & FRIENDSHIP • Stanley Cohen writes “The young are consigned to a self-contained world with their own preoccupations, their entrance into adult status is frustrated, and they are rewarded for dependency.” • Peer relations of teens and children are structured by a developmental logic supported by educational institutions which are organized by firm age boundaries. • Children are brought into preschools, kindergartens and elementary schools not only to learn but to be immersed into social settings and learn how to develop friendships with peers.
  5. 5. PEERS & FRIENDSHIP… • Milner suggests “that teen’s obsession with status exists because they have so little real economic or political power.” Milner also argues that dating, hanging out and “mobilizing tokens” of pop culture all play a vital role in the development as well as maintenance of peer status. • Teens have and continue to assemble to social media because these outlets represent an arena for them to play out these means of status negations. Such negotiations begin as early as the playground and continue even away from the school settings. • Teens use any and all available outlets to display their social identities and interact with their peers. Kids use these outlets to display their personal tastes including fashion as well as gossip, flirt and even harass other peers. While not all teens are subjected or experience bullying, most will struggle with “fitting in, standing out, and trying to keep up with what is cool.”
  6. 6. MAKING FRIENDS • Teens may select their friends, however their choice is constructed by the social, cultural and economic conditions surrounding them. • Studies show that most American friendships are developed and established between kids that are relatively close in age this is because of how are school systems and other cultural forces segregate kids by age. • However, the chapter also indicates that most teens tend to build friendships based on similar interests and values including similar in age. • Furthermore, social media theoretically allows teens to move beyond geographically restrictions and allow teens to connect with new people. • Surveys of U.S. teens strongly indicate that teens use social media sites to socialize with people they already know or are “loosely connected with.” • Teens often use social media to make or develop friendships, however these friendships are developed solely because they are friends of friends or acquaintances.
  7. 7. MAKING FRIENDS… • While the dominant and normative social media usage pattern is to connect with friends, family and acquaintances, there are however some teens who use social media to develop connections with strangers. • The desire to create connections with strangers is driven by specific interests that are not supported by their schools. Or to gain social support by discussing personal matters that would often be embarrassing to discuss with mutual friends such as; going through puberty. • Even though there are numerous teens who relish the opportunity to make new connections through social media sites, this particular practice is stigmatized. • Also, today the act of creating new friends online is criticized by cultural fears that online interactions with strangers are dangerous and possibly provoke sexual predators and risky online behavior. • While social media has the potential to drastically alter the friendship making process, most teens use these outlets to maintain preexisting connections, and develop acquaintances into new friendships.
  8. 8. PERFORMING FRIENDSHIPS • “Small children often seek confirmation of friendships through questions such as; we’re friends, right?” • However, most youth friendships are never formalized or verified except through unspoken social rituals. • These rituals alter friendship practices through forced and often public articulations of social connections. • The articulation of connections in social media provide three purposes; An address book, allowing participants to keep a record of all the people they know. Second, allow participants to control who can access and view their content. Finally, the display of connections that occur on social network sites represent an individuals social identity and status. • However, diverse challenges are involved in choosing and selecting friends because friends are displayed on social networking sites. • Teens may choose to accept friend requests from peers they know but are not close to only to avoid offending the individual. Teens may also exclude people they know such as; parents, siblings and teachers.
  9. 9. PERFORMING FRIENDSHIPS… • Teens also use social media sites to collect excessive number of friends. Teens who participate in this act are referred to as attention seekers. • Teens also use social media as a form of entertainment or competition among friends. These teens are not interested in developing friends but are interested in collecting friends because it is something to do. • Mass friend collecting is just one practice of connecting with strangers. Teens typically send friend requests to celebrities as well as popular bands not in hopes of actually creating real friendships but because Celebrities and Bands send frequent messages and VIP opportunities to their fans/Facebook friends. • Teens often send friend requests to everyone they know or recognized however, no addition contact is made after the friend request is approved. This act only adds to the awkwardness of the “friend request.” • Typically, it is socially unacceptable to delete a friend that one knows. When this act occurs, it is commonly right after a fight or breakup. This act of deletion is done with intention to hurt the other person. However, malicious deletions are common thought to be socially inappropriate.
  10. 10. FRIENDSHIP HIERARCHIES • “A friend connection alone says nothing about its strength. By accepting all acquaintances as friends, teens can avoid offending peers who might believe there to be a stronger connection.” • However, social media sites complicate this connection by adding features like MySpaces “Top Friends” forcing Teens to indicate whom they are closest with among friends. • Typically, most friendship declarations occur verbally between friends . However, girls tend to use symbolic accessories such as; friendship bracelets and “BFF” charms and necklaces. This symbolic practices are seen with elementary-school and middle-school aged children rather than with teenagers. • The process of articulating and ranking friends is one of the ways social media sites take what is normally implied and make it obvious. Causing rather turbulent situations in social settings. When teens are already exposed and immersed in drama relating to cliques and popularity. The problem and main concern for these hierarchies is that they did not exist offline but these features of ranking friends created them.
  11. 11. STATUS, ATTENTION & DRAMA • “The issue of whom one is friends with, and whom one is best friends with, is embedded in a broader set of struggles over status among peers at school.” • Teens definitely use social media to develop and maintain friendships, but they also use social media to seek attention and often times create drama. • Social media provides another platform for dramas to be played out. These platforms also provide a stage for rumors and gossip to spread and can sometimes escalate to bullying. • However, while drama is an inevitable part of teen life. Social media can fuel drama and complicate interactions that are commonly already heated.
  12. 12. STATUS, ATTENTION AND DRAMA… • Social media’s are also used to negotiate attention. Teens use these channels to reassure their friends that they are still thinking of them. So while, drama is common, teens actually spend more time trying to preserve harmony and reaffirm relationships. • However, achieving status primarily through social networking sites may not be viable, but participating and being popular online can complement offline popularity. • Gossip, drama, bullying and posing are completely unavoidable aspects of teen’s everyday social practices and peer statuses. However social media channels only seem to heighten and alter the social dynamics surrounding today’s teens. However, even though there is a dark side to what takes place online, teens still seem to relish the friendship opportunities that social media provides.
  13. 13. CONCLUSION • “Social media, and especially social network sites, allow teens to be more carefully attuned, in an ongoing way, to the lives of their friends and peers. Social media are integrally tied to the processes of building, performing, articulating and developing friendships and status in teen peer networks.” • Teens value social media mainly because social media helps them to build and maintain friendships with peers. Social media also plays a vital role in teens ability to share ideas and emotions with one another. Also to mirror and magnify teen friendship practices. For example positive interactions are enhanced whereas negative interactions are intensified. • The youth will continue to experience their teen years as a time to immerse themselves into peer-based status negations as well as develop their social and cultural identities in ways that are independent from their parents. However, today’s youth is expressing these identities and practices with new set of communication tools.