Research + News | Topic: Social Networking

Using Multiple Social Platforms Linked to Depression

Young adults who use multiple social media platforms are more likely to experience symptoms of depression than peers who user fewer, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health. Read the full article here.

For Tweens, A Social Media Network All Their Own

Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and many other social media sites are technically only open to people 13 and above, what is a tween to do? Read the article here.

Teens Use YouTube, Gmail More Than Social Networks

91% of US teen Internet users said they used YouTube. Read the research report here.

Parents Have No Clue About Teens’ Online Lives, Says Study

There is a gap between teenagers and parents over their understanding of family rules about being online, according to a new study by the National Cyber Security Alliance. Read the article here.

Like. Flirt. Ghost: A Journey Into the Social Media Lives of Teens

For teenagers these days, social media is real life, with its own arcane rules and etiquette. Writer Mary H. K. Choi embedded with five high schoolers to chronicle their digital experiences. There’s twin sisters Lara and Sofia in Atherton, California; Ahmad in New Haven, Connecticut; Mira in San Francisco; and Ubakum in Houston. As with most teens, they’re elusive creatures. Read the full article here.

Facebook’s New Teens-Only App Lifestage Turns Bios into Video Profiles

“What if I figured out a way to take Facebook from 2004 and bring it to 2016? What if every field in your profile was a full video?” asks Facebook’s 19-year-old product prodigy Michael Sayman. The answer is Lifestage, a standalone iOS app for people 21 and under, which Facebook is launching… Read the full article here.

How Social Media Is Destroying The Lives Of Teen Girls

Author Nancy Joe Sales takes a look at slut pages, sink shots, Yik Yak, Finstas, Kik, Snapchat, revenge porn and more in her latest book.

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If You Have More Than 200 Friends Online, You’re Totally Fake

A new study by researchers at the University of Oxford suggests that social media – despite its apparent efficiency in enabling us to communicate with large groups of people – can’t overcome our basic psychosocial wiring, which limits us to relationships with roughly 150-200 individuals. Read the article here.

6 Ways Social Media Is Ruining Our Friendships

Don’t let digital interactions replace real-life intimacy. Read the article here.

We Heart It, The Image-Sharing Site Used By 40 Million Teens, Launches Its Second App, Easel

The new app is designed to complement We Heart It’s main app, as it serves as a way to quickly create images using quotes that can be shared on We Heart It’s service or elsewhere on social media, including Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook. Read the full article here.