Teens Often Gain From Being Online

May 17, 2023

Despite claims by some public officials that social media platforms are hurting teenagers, a new report says evidence of harm is largely lacking. As cited in the Washington Post, the report from the American Psychological Association finds that with proper guidelines, teens’ psychological development may indeed benefit from social interaction online. Just ask Camille Crittenden. Writing in Issues, she maintains that recent social science research shows that teens’ use of social media can help them feel more connected, gather factual information on potentially embarrassing topics, and find socially welcoming communities, among other benefits.

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