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Common Sense Media

Social Media, Social Life: Teens Reveal Their Experiences (2018)

Created: 2018
Uploaded: 10/29/2018

Common Sense Media completed a survey of over 1000 teens, ages 13-17. The results are published in this report: Social Media, Social Life. The report, issued in September 2018, provides an up-to-date snapshot of media use by teens, and compares the survey data with that collected in 2012. The results are complex. News reports have played up the positives, highlighting that social media is an outlet for expression, and that teens are more likely to say it makes them feel good than feel bad. But diving into the full report tells a different story, one where teens are highly ambivalent about the role of social media in their lives.
Common Sense is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. Common Sense seeks to empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.