This is why your teen won’t listen to you when you tell them to get off social media

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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