This week’s presentation was on what the Internet, cell phones, and other forms of social technology mean for adolescent relationships. Our student presenter, who is also a sexual health educator, freaked everyone out by discussing all of the newest forms of social media that adolescents use (Facebook had 3 million fewer 13-17 year old users in 2014 compared to 2011). So she discussed a range of other social media that have become popular with adolescents: snapchat, tinder, blendr, kik messenger, whisper app, ask.fm, seeking arrangement. If you don’t know them all, look them up… or don’t; you may not be able to handle it. She also discussed work on cyberbullying, including work by Sinclair and colleagues (2012), and not yet published work by Diane Felmlee.
We read some classics, including Brown, Mory, & Kinney (1994) and Kinney (1993) which led to good discussions about crowds and the shaping of social interactions and identity. This discussion requires me to share my very own yearbook photo due to a longstanding agreement with a high school classmate – always a hoot for everyone but me. And we spent a lot of time talking about peer influence, selection, and socialization.
“The post This week in Adolescent Development: Peers first appeared on Eva Lefkowitz’s blog on March 4, 2014.”