Technology and always-on, ubiquitous Internet access offers us an opportunity to know a large number of people (without actually needing to "know them"), with very little effort. This satisfies the momentary expediencies of modern life in that we get instant attention and are heard at all times. Consequently, we are never alone. But is "not being alone" the same as "not being lonely"? Are relationships more complicated in the digital era? Has the definition of friendship changed?
- A recent study finds that 57% of American teens make new friends online.
- 83% of teen social media users believe that it makes them feel more connected to their friends' lives.
- Online interactions can also adversely affect existing relationships - 68% of teen social media users report to have experienced drama among their friends on social media.
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