A survey conducted by Common Sense provides a snapshot of how U.S. teens experience the role of social media in their social and emotional lives.
Key findings include:
- Teens are avid, daily users of social media.
- Teens are much more likely to report that using social media has a positive impact on their social and emotional lives than a negative one.
- Most teens prefer face-to-face communication, and many of them think using social media can interfere with that.
- Some teens wish they could disconnect more often—and that the people around them would, too.
Common Sense (2012). Social media, social life: How teens view their digital lives. San Francisco, CA: Common Sense. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/file/socialmediasociallife-final-061812pdf-0/download