Stop freaking out, mom and dad — teens say social media is good for them

Although social media has been blamed for making people depressed and lonely and encouraging poor thinking skills, most teens think it’s a good thing.

The majority of teenagers — people ages 13 to 17 years old — associate positive outcomes with social media use, a new survey from Washington, D.C. think tank the Pew Research Center found. Some 81% of teens say social media makes them feel more connected to friends and 69% say it helps them interact with a more diverse group of people. But the effects of social media can be a mixed bag, said Michael Robb, senior director of research at Common Sense Media.

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