Some 88% of teens text their friends at least occasionally, and fully 55% do so daily.Along with texting, teens are incorporating a number of other devices, communication platforms and online venues into their interactions with friends, including: Overall, 72% of teens ages 13 to 17 play video games on a computer, game console or portable device.
However, these best-friend interactions occur across a wide range of online and offline venues: Teens who live in lower-income households are more likely than higher-income teens to say they use social media to get in touch with their closest friend.
10 through March 16, 2015, and 16 online and in-person focus groups with teens were conducted in April 2014 and November 2014.
Most of these friendships stay in the digital space; only 20% of all teens have met an online friend in person.
But even as social media connects teens to friends’ feelings and experiences, the sharing that occurs on these platforms can have negative consequences. Teens can learn about events and activities to which they weren’t invited, and the highly curated lives of teens’ social media connections can lead them to make negative comparisons with their own lives: Teens face challenges trying to construct an appropriate and authentic online persona for multiple audiences, including adults and peers.
Consequently, many teens feel obligated to project an attractive and popular image through their social media postings.