Teens love and hate social media; but nearly all have phones

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  • a_voice_of_reason Woods Cross, UT
    June 18, 2018 10:00 a.m.

    I was really impressed by the account shared by "Kieffer" about her friend. This is a perfect example of how being inundated with social media - and it's ability to keep giving you more of what you've seen before - can be such a problem. Yet, it was also a perfect example of how good, face-to-face friends can be a huge protection. They paid attention, they noticed a change, and they called her on it. They helped her to avoid making an eating disorder a permanent and dangerous thing. She was able to recognize the problem and correct it.
    Good, real friends are SO important for teens! Far more important than phones and social media. Both can exist, but it takes caution.

  • Big J Bountiful, UT
    June 7, 2018 4:37 p.m.

    In the last year I have come to realize most teens and young adults should not have a smartphone. If I was a parent with children approaching teendom, I would get them "flip phones" only.

    Most of the platforms youth seem to use have very limited positive value and really only have negative applications.

    There is a serious problem when you see four youth setting in a restaurant and all four are "plucking" on a smart phone. Put the stupid thing away and enjoy each others company.

  • Reader777 Mapleton, 84664
    June 4, 2018 1:45 p.m.

    In response to Egyptian origins:
    Mormon teens are allowed to use social media. President Nelson asked youth for a 7 day break period.
    In my opinion Deseret news comments do not constitute a social media platform. Although it "technically" could be viewed as one.
    President Nelson was referring primarily to facebook, instagram and snapchat types of social platforms. Hope this helps.

  • Egyptian origins Salt Lake City, UT
    June 4, 2018 7:32 a.m.

    There are a lot of great Social Media videos that discuss this topic, unfortunately no Mormon teen is allowed to view them now that they are in Nelson's "Battalion". So, how are Mormon Youth going to follow President Nelson and the LDS Church who are a dominant presence on Social Media?

    Does the Deseret News Comments sections constitute a Social Media platform?

    Hello, Hello, is there anyone using their phone?

  • Reader777 Mapleton, 84664
    June 3, 2018 8:23 p.m.

    After reading the article. Noticed 1 positive and 4 negatives.
    The only positive is connecting to friends and families. Which should happen in normal life anyway if you ask me.
    Negatives. Homework Distraction, False reality, comparisons, bullying.
    So I don't see real purpose to social media except the data they gather and make money. Social media companies should be paying the users, not the users paying the company.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    June 3, 2018 4:34 p.m.

    I don't think the phone is the issue, it's what the phone can do, access social media and texting that presents the biggest issues or challenges. Many teachers feel that students with cell phones are the banes of their existence. They are distracting and in a lot of cases administrators won't back up teachers trying to enforce electronic device policies. The problem, from what I hear, has become especially problematic in the last 2-3 years. The constant need for validation in social media whether it be snapchat, Instagram, Twitter,Facebook or having a text immediately answered is also problematic.