How do today’s teens prefer to communicate? The answer might surprise you. Show Notes

Friday, July 06, 2012 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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Pretty much every American teen sends text-messages and uses social media sites, but many of them still prefer communicating the old-fashioned way--face to face

Cecelia Kang writes the Washington Post’s “Post Tech” column, and she reports on a new study by the organization Common Sense Media.

Kang says that many U.S. teens say they are addicted to social media and texting and often want to unplug. But they feel positive overall about how social media sites such as Facebook and text messaging have helped them connect with friends and family.

Common Sense Media conducted a national survey of teens between the ages of 13 and 17, and it shows just how pervasive mobile communications has become for that age group.

Common Sense CEO James Steyer points out that these kids are the first generation to go through their entire teen years with such a huge array of digital devices and platforms.

Two-thirds of teens said they text every day, and half said they visit social networking sites daily. One-quarter of those surveyed use at least two different types of social media each day.

Facebook dominates teens, with seven out of 10 kids surveyed saying they have an account.

According to the report, many teens feel that social media is beneficial.

Most said they feel social networks have helped their friendships, while only 4 percent said they have hurt relationships.

Still, half of all the kids surveyed said real-life, face-to-face communication is the most fun and fruitful for their relationships.  

In our increasingly isolated, tech-dominated world, that news is a breath of fresh air!

I'm Bill Maier for WBCL.
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