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But even as social media connects teens to friends’ feelings and experiences, the sharing that occurs on these platforms can have negative consequences. Teens can learn about events and activities to which they weren’t invited, and the highly curated lives of teens’ social media connections can lead them to make negative comparisons with their own lives: Teens face challenges trying to construct an appropriate and authentic online persona for multiple audiences, including adults and peers.
Consequently, many teens feel obligated to project an attractive and popular image through their social media postings.
Teen gamers play games with others in person (83%) and online (75%), and they play games with friends they know in person (89%) and friends they know only online (54%).
They also play online with others who are not friends (52%).
With so much game-playing with other people, video gameplay, particularly over online networks, is an important activity through which boys form and maintain friendships with others: Much more than for girls, boys use video games as a way to spend time and engage in day-to-day interactions with their peers and friends.
These interactions occur in face-to-face settings, as well as in networked gaming environments: When playing games with others online, many teen gamers (especially boys) connect with their fellow players via voice connections in order to engage in collaboration, conversation and trash-talking.
Lower-income teens, from households earning less than ,000 annually, are nearly evenly split in how they get in touch with these friends, with 33% saying social media is the most common way they do so and 35% saying texting is their preferred communication method.
Higher-income teens from families earning ,000 or more per year are most likely to report texting as their preferred mode when communicating with their closest friend.
The most common spots for meeting friends online are social media sites like Facebook or Instagram (64% of teens who have made a friend online met someone via social media), followed by playing networked video games (36%).
Girls who have met new friends online are more likely to meet them via social media (78% vs.
Along with examining the general ways in which teens interact and communicate with their friends, this report documents how and where teens interact with the friends who are closest to them.