Does social media decrease or increase isolation in teenagers?
It has the ability to do both. Social media can decrease a teens isolation with its abilty to connect with others so that a teen can find a peer group. A teen can use social media to find similar interests, get help with work, or be a vehicle to share experiences.
Social media also has the ability to increase a teens isolation through bullying, friending and then unfriending en mass, and what is being called facebook depression. Teens spend so much of their time on social media always making sure someone is validating their feelings that when that instant gratification of a "like" doesn't happen, teens end up depressed.
Like any social arena, there are the good and the bad.
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