Social networking + Teenagers = ?

So heres the big one, social networking.

A social network is a platform which is used by making a personal profile to enter into a virtual community. Users can choose the privacy settings of their profiles (making them public, semi public or private) in relation to how much information is displayed and made viewable to others. Within this network users can communicate with others, both pre-existing friends and strangers, through online interactivity and display connections with other members of the community (Boyd 2014).

There is a wide variety of social platforms available today with Facebook being the most popular worldwide.

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Penderson (2015)

Social networking sites are mainly used for communicating with others. Its a place to share thoughts and express feelings via ‘status’ which can be updated at anytime. You can also communicate with each other via the use of direct messages, these are  hidden and only received by the person(s) they are sent to. Users are generally free to ‘comment’ upon any content which is posted to their feed. The feed is information posted by people that that user is connected with, also known as ‘friends’.  It’s also used for the sharing and storage of images and photos which can be uploaded online within seconds from most digital devices. Again the privacy settings can be adjusted on these images so users can decide who they chose to share these with.

Teen profiles on SNS and media-sharing platforms

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Net children go mobile (2014)

Social media sites are brilliant for teenagers because they give them chance to express themselves and teach them IT skills. They can also be useful for teenagers under going group work at school as its quick and easy to share information and files in a group chat. They allow teenagers to connect with a broader spectrum of people, entities they might not come across in everyday life.

unfortunately its hard to control everything that does go on on these social media sites and sometimes people are expossed to content that isn’t acceptable for viewers of certain ages. Users have the option to report other harassing users or offensive images so that the site administrators can look into issues and attempt to prevent them. A ‘frape’ is a slag word created by combining the words ‘Facebook’ and ‘rape’. Its prank that is performed when somebody makes changes another persons profile without their consent. Frapes by nature are usually unexpected but funny posts, but on the occasion grapes can be hurtful (Phailure 2007).

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Newzealand teachers council (2015)

So with so many platforms, each offering something slightly different, are teenagers using social networking excessively? Some people might even go as far as saying that perhaps teenagers could becoming addicted to social networking. some results showed that:

  • 5.2% of 1097 British teens surveyed had problems
  • 15.3% were at risk of problematic use

(Penderson 2015).


BOYD, D., 2014. What is Privacy? [online]. 1 September 2014. Available from: [Accessed 7 April 2015].

NET CHILDREN GO MOBILE., 2014. The UK report: A comparative report with findings from the UK 2010 survey by EU Kids Online. [online]. London: The London school of economics and political science. Available from: [Accessed 21 April 2015].

NEW ZEALAND TEACHERS COUNCIL., 2015. What is social media? [online]. New Zealand Teachers Council 2015. Available from: [Accessed 21 April 2015].

PENDERSON, S., 2015. How, when and where are we using Digital Media? [lecture]. Digital Media Platforms and Practices. The Robert Gordon University, Department of communication, marketing and media,  Aberdeen Business School, room FOM 224, 13 February.

PHAILURE., 2007. Frape. [online]. Urban dictionary. Available from: [Accessed 21 April 2015].

Teens. 2015. [television]. London: Channel 4. 24 March.

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