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Survey of teens says social media lets them connect with friends and get support

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A survey of teenagers points out the ways that social media sites can be beneficial to them. The biggest positives of social media use the teens identified were feeling more connected to their friends,the ability to interact with different people, and as a venue to get support when they are struggling.
Social media use has recently been shown to increase depression and anxiety, but a new survey of teenagers points out the ways that such sites can be beneficial too. The Pew Research Center has conducted a survey of U. S. teens asking them about their experiences with social media both positive and negative, and the findings show that youngsters are well aware of the benefits and problems of social media use.
The survey was conducted earlier this year among 743 teens aged 13 to 17, so it’s a fairly small sample size. However, the data gathered is pretty in-depth, so it provides some interesting food for thought.
The biggest positive of social media use that teens identified was feeling more connected to their friends, which 81 percent of respondents said helped them.

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