SXSWi Panel: Growing Up in the Age of Facebook

I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to believe that anyone reading this post is actually quite relieved that they didn’t experience adolescence in the world of social media. I was told this past weekend that some AgencySpy readers thought I was in my mid-40s. (Really?) But, I’m in my mid-20s, and much of my time in high school was spent on MySpace, joining Facebook when I first got my college email address.

Though I don’t have kids, I attended a panel about cyber-bullying and social media this afternoon. Admittedly, something I’ve been quite interested in is how people just a few years younger than I am are using the Internet to communicate in ways completely different from me. I’ve never felt older than when I realized instant-messaging wasn’t a thing anymore, and I was totally shocked when the media linked some recent teen-suicides to name-calling on social media. Is social media an actual concern for adolescents, or is the mainstream media just turning the Internet into the villain?


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