Research + News | Topic: Social Media

New Trend Making Teens Vulnerable To Human Trafficking

How a trend to gain social media followers is making teens vulnerable to trafficking. Read the article here.

Teens Have Never Known A World Without Data Sharing, And It’s Creating A False Sense Of Security

The next generation — Generation Alpha, born 2010 and later — has had a digital footprint since birth. We have to recognize the positive impacts — connection, community, support, entertainment and creativity — while discussing potential harms. Read the article here.

Teens Are Putting Their Social Media Info Into Pants Pockets At Stores

There are TikTok videos of teenage girls stuffing cards with their personal information into pants, shorts, even underwear in sporting goods stores. This is how they are getting followers. Read the article here.

What To Know About Teens And ‘Sadfishing’

Sadfishing is basically when someone posts a really sad picture (sometimes they are crying, or have a really sad look on their face) while telling an emotional or heart-wrenching story or event that happened. Sometimes these things are true and, well, sometimes they are simply to get some attention. Read the article here.

Tech Choices Dictate Teen Friendships During Pandemic

The use of Snapchat, Instagram or TikTok can fray or strengthen ties, depending on whether pals communicate the same way. Read the article here.

‘Want To Do The Spacegirl Dance With Me?’ How To Talk To Teens This Christmas

Between cancelled school formals and gap years, it’s a bleak time to be a teenager – but Nina Dillon Britton knows the right words to say. Read the article here.

Fed-Up Teens Are Outing Their Rapists On TikTok

Social media may feel like some women’s only route to justice. Read the article here.

The Coronavirus, Social Media, And Teen Mental Health

Shifting trends over the last year reveal the roots of depression among young people. Read the article here.

Quantity, Content, And Context Of Social Media Use May Affect Adolescents’ Sleep

A new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that checking social media often, viewing emotional or violent videos, and starting to use social media at an early age were significantly related to later bedtimes and fewer hours of sleep on school nights for early adolescents. Read the article here.

TikTok Is More Popular Than Instagram Among US Teens, Study Finds

TikTok continues to reign supreme among US teens, according to data from a new study. For the first time, it now surpasses Instagram. Read the article here.