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Top Apps and Websites Teens Are Going Crazy About Right Now

September 01, 2017 - Posted toStudent life

Content top apps and websites teens are going crazy about right now

Mouse ears and a nose – they’re more popular than Facebook. In fact, as of February, 2017, 79% of teens said they were on Snapchat daily vs. 76% on Facebook. And right behind Facebook is Instagram, followed by Twitter. Why? Because teens obviously like visuals and they obviously like plenty of variety. The least popular social media for college students? LinkedIn – surprise, surprise! (Though that will change as they reach their senior years and need to be a bit more professional than mouse ears).

So, How Does Social Media Affect Teens?

It begins in middle school, and even before. Devices become the far preferred method of communicating. Older generations complain that young people sit in restaurants together with their noses in their phones; they text one another from across the room. The days of looking into someone’s eyes and uttering verbal sounds from the mouth are apparently in demise. And writing? Elders wonder how kids even complete their college paper writing assignments if their life is spent with short texts that are almost in a foreign language.

The truth is, this generation is a visual one. And they love sending photos and videos to one another – they stay in touch and share their lives, and certainly one of the benefits of social media for teens is that they can quickly and easily stay connected, even when their lives are busy and hectic.

The Rundown

So, exactly what is the “draw” of these most popular social media sites?

The Temporary Apps

These are apps that have disappearing messages.

Snapchat is by far the most popular. Users can put a time limit on the photos/videos they share, but even if they don’t, they’ll disappear automatically. So, even if something posted could be a bit embarrassing, the sender can choose who will see it and know that it won’t go public – well, almost. Recipients can take a screen shot of a snap and save it – maybe some blackmail fodder later on?

Whisper is another app that lets account holders post anonymously if they wish. It can be a great outlet for young people who are angry, frustrated, depressed or wanting to express any other kind of emotion. And they can add a picture if they want. This can be a good outlet for “getting something off of your chest,” which is emotionally healthy at times.

Messaging Apps

Given that every smart phone texts, you might wonder why texting apps are so popular. It’s the idea of virtual meetups with strangers, to share messages, photos, videos and other things.

The two most popular are GroupMe and Kik Messenger. The basic plans are free, and they are really not for younger teens. Some of the GIF’s and emoticons are definitely R-rated. The only caution is taking the reasonable precautions that you would with any stranger online.

WhatsApp is also popular, and it automatically connects a user with everyone in his/her address book and of course, friends who are also registered.

Sharing Photos and Videos

Instagram is great fun, if you like to share pictures and short videos (only 15-seconds). You can also apply filters for more humor. It’s definitely not a place for really serious stuff, and it’s not something you would use to boost your social media profiles with potential employers. It would be a good thing to remember that Instagram posts are public unless you change the privacy settings. You might not want a potential employer to see you playing beer pong.

Musical.ly – for the wannabe singer in you. You can create videos and lip sync to your heart’s content, becoming a “muser” as users are called. And you can post original music you’ve written too – see how many followers you can build up. If you share your talents publicly, you might want to watch your language – not likely, but if something made its way back to grandma, you don’t want to be “cut off.”

Mini-Blogging

Tumblr is kind of a middle ground between a real blog and Twitter. You can use it get something off your chest, or share photos or videos you find important to you or to others. You can also re-blog what others post. If you make your “tumblogs” public, they can be seen by anyone, so think before you post. They don’t disappear. But, for college students, it’s a great way to keep a type of “scrapbook” of your campus life you can look back on later.

Twitter limits you to 140-characters. Donald Trump sometimes have a tough time limiting himself, so he may have to post several in a row. It’s a way to sound off in a few short phrases or to let your creative side respond to the tweets of others. Most users keep their accounts public and stick to cleaner stuff. And you can keep up with any celebrities you really like.

Teens and social media are a combination that is here to stay. And there are far more sites and apps than those mentioned here, that allow both friends and strangers to hook up. It’s no wonder that young people spend so much time on these sites – for many it’s a big part of their social lives, particularly when they are at college away from old friends.

Older generations may not think that social media is productive. In fact, many are asking, “Do they really study in college anymore?” The answer is yes, they do, although they will not be finding essay help on social media sites. Still, they benefit from keeping in touch, making new digital connections, and sharing with others who feel as they do about life, love, and values.

So, love your social media and have fun with it. Just remember, when quality papers and essays are due, put down the phone and get some work done. Your mom and dad will be happy, and that’s a good thing.

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