A parent might notice, for example, that their teenager spends a lot of time messaging with friends, including frequent use of aggressive or insulting language toward others. But when you are from a digitally native generation, quitting social media can feel like joining a monastery. FacebookTwitterInstagram Snapchat in real time, effortlessly adopting each one. They want to make new social connections, maintain high-quality relationships with friends and family members, and have access to information or interactions with others who share their interests. It was getting in the way of schoolwork or jobs, with more than a third of respondents citing this as their primary reason for leaving social media.
Teenagers, according to this stereotype, tweet, gram, Snap and scroll.
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Kids are glued to their screens — but parents are in no position to criticize. But for every young person hunched over a screen, there are others for whom social media no longer holds such an allure. As the first generation to grow up online, Gen Z never had to learn social media, or at least not exactly. But a life lived in pixels from your earliest age is no easy thing. So, what can parents do before the punitive spirit takes hold, ultimately helping their teens and the parent-child relationship? The sheer number and variety of ways to communicate and share digitally are both vexing and sobering for parents, particularly if they have tweens and teens.