According to a recent report by Pew Research center, a staggering 92% American teens between ages 13 and 17 years use social media, one way or another. There are also 24% who admit to being on their device almost all the time. The social media websites that the teens reportedly use the most are Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.
However, there are still some teenagers left who like to live a silent offline life. Are these 8% teens missing out on life? Do they think are they losing important updates and some important news? One teenager when asked about using social media to communicate with friends said that they would rather meet the friend face-to-face rather than tweeting at them. In today's world, it is rare to see teens who have such strong values. However, those who do are living good lives.
The only flip side to not being active on social media is not knowing about viral content or some school assignments that their school teachers may post via Facebook or other form of community based social media. Other than that, these teens believe that staying away from social media helps them keep their privacy and prevents cases of cyberbullying.
Needless to say, excess of everything is bad and being obsessed with social media has its own bad effects. Excessive use of social media has been linked to issues like brain damage and other psychological disorders, and also exposing teens to unknown strangers with criminal or malicious intentions.
The point is to maintain balance between online and offline presence. There is nothing wrong in using social media, as far as it done in the right way.