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Pew Research Center: Teens' Social Media Habits and Experiences

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Today's teens are growing up in a world where social media has existed throughout their entire lives, and there have been concerns about the influence it has on their overall wellbeing. In November 2018, the Pew Research Center published a study examining the social media habits and experiences of teens in the United States. Among the study's major findings, large majorities of surveyed teens said that their social media use was responsible for "strengthening friendships, exposing them to different viewpoints and helping people their age support causes they care about." However, roughly 40 percent of teens also noted that "they at times feel overwhelmed by the drama on social media and pressure to construct only positive images of themselves." Readers interested in more details may read the full 34-page report online or download it as a PDF, along with the survey's top-line questionnaire results. This analysis was based on Pew surveys conducted in March and April of 2018 of 743 US teens aged 13-17 and 1,058 parents of teens, and it was written by Pew researchers Monica Anderson and Jingjing Jiang.
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Date Issued 2018-11-28
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Date of Scout Publication 2018-12-14
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2018/1214

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