"We have also learned from our focus groups that some youth feel pressure to add people to their social media network, and as a result, it becomes almost a reproduction of their school. They feel like it is mean to not friend someone so they will accept any request even if they only know the person vaguely. So it is important to remember that some youth have created networks that are not that private at all. Plus, for many youth, they know how to use social media sites to interact and connect with others, but they don’t always “look under the hood” and may not have a nuanced understanding of how the privacy settings really work."
The Digital Media and Learning Research Hub has a great Q&A with our teens expert Amanda Lenhart on some of the hot topics related to youth, social networking and web 2.0.
Read the full Q&A