CNN Special on Social Media & Teens

From the CNN special that just aired on (evil) social media’s impact on teens, I had these thematic takeaways:

  • Social media = a barometer of popularity for teens
  • Social media = the 50+ year old sociological concept of the ‘imaginary audience‘… come to life.
  • Group dynamics: Ironically, bullying behavior gets immediate popularity rewards
  • Emotion: lack of emotional repercussions of aggressive behavior online.
  • Persona: online identity is different than real-life identity
  • Status: an overriding concern of teens was how they are being perceived by their peers.
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