No matter the generation there are always places where the “cool” kids hang out. You know the “in” crowd or whatever they call it now. Unfortunately, I was not part of that group in high school.
I think I would have loved having YouTube and Facebook as a teenager. Instead, I had to rely on my skateboard to go find my friends or pick up the phone if I got up the courage.
The wonderful thing is . . .
You don’t have to be “cool” to find a place to hang out online.
The online social space is much different than the high school social scene. Almost anyone can find a place where they fit in, whether it is the Facebook page for Nike football, an online forum for anime lovers or the YouTube channel of some obscure internet celebrity. It really is a wonderful opportunity that technology has provided for teenagers.
73% of teens are on a social network and the average teen has 201 Facebook friends. According to my research, most teenagers hang out on Facebook, YouTube and various online forums. Of course, texting trumps many other forms of socializing.
Teens are always finding ways to connect with others
Even the introverts, the painfully shy and the socially awkward. Now these kids have much more opportunity to find a place to belong. I think this is one of the most positive things about the revolution of social networking.