Social media apps make teens feel confident and supported according to survey2
Perhaps even more importantly, 68% of the teens in the survey said that thanks to social media, they feel that they have people who will support them when times are tough. 69% noted that social media helps them interact with a wider, more diverse group of people. And these platforms are more likely to make teens feel included rather than excluded (71% vs 25% according to the survey). 69% of the teens stated that using social media makes them feel more confident compared to the 26% who feel more insecure after interacting with others on a social media site.
However, 45% of the teens surveyed say that they feel overwhelmed by all of the drama on these platforms. 44% reported that they unfriend or unfollow people on these apps. When asked why, 78% pointed to the drama created by these people, while 52% say that those they unfriend or unfollow are responsible for bullying. 43% of the teens said that they feel pressure to post things that make them look good in the eyes of other members, while 37% feel like they have to post content that receives a lot of "likes" and comments.
So what topics are teens posting about on social media? Approximately half post about things they've done, 44% post about their family, 34% discuss their emotions, and 22% write about their dating life. Only 10% post about their religious or political beliefs.