Social media is not all that bad if you listen to teenagers
Katie Notopoulos, writing on BuzzFeed News, on a new Pew Research Center report on social media and generation Z.
Much research has focused on social media being a huge waste of time at best, a facilitator of ideological bubbles, and a dangerous, hostile experience for young people at worst. But the 743 teens Pew surveyed say it’s actually, well, good. Millennials were the first to make social media mainstream, but might their Gen Z successors have figured out a better relationship with their smartphones? Growing up among devices and platforms could just make today’s teens better at incorporating technology into their lives than even the millennials before them, with greater awareness of the hazards. The internet clearly can be a dangerous place, but teens now have the self-awareness to know when it’s time to unplug.
The study is a lot more nuanced than this, but Notopoulos explains it well. Anyway, this is, I think, a good reminder for us — older generations, including millennials like myself — to be more willing to learn from the youngest, and to be more careful on not ending up sounding like our own parents.