Social networks are often blamed for people being depressed, jealous, and addicted, but as it turned out, they also have benefits. The Pew Research Research Center published the results of a mass survey, according to the results of which, 81% of adolescents feel connected to their friend’s thanks to social networks. In addition, they help to feel support and confidence.
During the experiment, researchers at Pew Research interviewed 743 adolescents aged 13 to 17 years. 68% of respondents said that thanks to social networks, they feel that they have people who will support in a difficult moment. 69% noted that social networks help them interact with a wider and more diverse group of people and feel part of a large society. Also, 69% of adolescents said that using social networks makes them more self-confident, and 26% feel less protected after interacting with other people on the network.
Against the background of all the above positive effects, 45% of adolescents surveyed say that they feel depressed because of everything that happens on social networks. 44% said they often remove people from friends or cancel a subscription. The main reason for the dissolution of communication for 78% is the negative that these people bear, and 52% stressed that those with whom they stopped communicating online are more or less connected with bullying. 43% of teenagers said that they feel pressured and the need to publish what will positively highlight them in the eyes of other users, while 37% feel that they are forced to make content that collects many likes and comments.
Also, researchers have learned what teenagers are interested in social networks. In about half of the messages, they talk about what they have done, in 44% of cases they touch on the topic of the family, in 34% they talk about emotions, and 10% write about their religious or political convictions.