According to Livingstone (2008) and his study on young teenagers, ever since social media have grown fast, teenagers have lots of options. Teens care about the presentation of themselves and by creating an online profile they think they can manage their identities and social relationships. It is also believed that the more well-presented a profile is, the higher the chances of getting public acknowledgement. It’s actually more important to them the appearance of a profile rather than the actual content and information about the person. They are drawn to social media because they are just popular and not because they actually care about the uses of them and as a result they don’t get things seriously by posting false information and share their passwords. Their profile is more like a way to have fun and keep close with friends.
There is so sense of private life as they post pictures of things happening while their explanation is that they just want to remember them happening. Teens state that they freely post stuff but they are actually influenced by the reaction of their friends. As a result they modify their identities according to different sites. Younger teens are actually aware of the changes between them and older or younger teens in terms of maturity as the see that as soon as they also grow up they move to more adult like social media to get rid of the rainbows and stuff connected with their childhood and are usually ashamed of.
Other teens just don’t care about the appearance of their profiles that much and don’t understand the point of showing off and try to impress others. More or less they just use them to communicate with their friends. Usually they don’t really like exposing stuff as they think that it’s not wise as they are being kept for the rest of their lives. For younger teens self-attention is really important and it is achieved wrongly through social media. Adding new friends is also essential for them however they have some criteria on how to pick if a person is real or not.
As Marwick notices social networking sites enable people to see the interactions they have with other people but in this case it’s a negative aspect as teens tend to get sad by not having people comment on them and it causes them anxiety as they don’t feel that popular. Even though they don’t express lots of stuff online and they have their profiles private they cannot distinguish how to protect themselves as they simply have no idea on how to change their settings as they are not familiar with the interface.
They have common sense and wouldn’t share something they didn’t want so they have a kind of idea what to share and what to not. But even though they set their profiles to private the reason behind it is wrong as they don’t want their parents to know more than actual strangers. Privacy is confusing to them as they believe that it’s not bad for their friends to have access to their information as they already know them. On the other hand they wish that there was an option of selecting what some of their friends see as some of them have too many friends but have different scales of them. Fortunately there is a minority of teens that only have friends online the ones that are actually their friends.