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How We Communicate

In a new survey of 13 - 17 year olds, Common Sense Media looked at how kids communicate. It’s a pretty fascinating read if you are into communicating with your kids. Among other things 40% agree with the statement, "I sometimes wish I could go back to a time when there was no such thing as social media." This response is kind of amazing, because Facebook was founded in 2004 and MySpace the year before that. So basically, half of the interviewed kids were born into a world where social media pre-existed them. The only version of “going back” would be going back to a time before they were ever alive. And for those who were born pre-2003, at least based upon what we know about the way the brain develops and how memory forms, not one of these kids can remember life pre-social media. So basically, 4 out of 10 kids are harkening back to a time they have never known…

Today's teens prefer texting over in-person communication, use social media multiple times a day, and admit that digital distractions interfere with homework, personal relationships and sleep, according to a new survey of 13- to 17-year-olds.

Why it matters: Concerns over the negative impact of social media use have increased recently with reports of teen depression, suicide and cyberbullying on the rise. READ MORE