The recent findings?
- Tweens and teens who "overuse" media and technology are more prone to a host of mental health problems, including depression and anxiety.
- Teens who are heavy Facebook users are more narcissistic, and may show more tendencies toward aggression and manic behaviors.
- Facebook is legit distracting (huh? who knew?). Middle and high schoolers who checked Facebook at least once every fifteen minutes had lower grades.
WHOA. That sounds terrible! But then, there were also these findings:
- Teens who spend more time on Facebook are more more adept at offering "virtual empathy" to online friends.
- Networking via social media can help introverted teens reach out and connect with others.
- Social networking can be part of innovative teaching techniques that engage tweens and teens.
Now, I have a confession. *SOME* of you have asked me why I'm not on Facebook. The answers have to do with my profession and my fear that it's a huge time suck.
However ... yeah. I bit the bullet. Sort of. I now have a page on Facebook, right here. It's a fanpage rather than a profile, so I guess you can "like" it and post on the wall and stuff. At this point, there's not much there. But there will be. Someday.
When I figure out the "there" that's supposed to be there.
Honestly? I really have no clue how the whole thing works. I don't even know if the above link takes you to the right place (will someone please tell me if it doesn't?). So ... please educate me. For those of you who are Facebook pros, give me advice! How should I use this? What am I supposed to do with it? I don't intend to use it for personal reasons and that's the reason it's a fanpage instead of a profile. I'm using it as a writer. Now, please help me. What am I supposed to be doing? What's the etiquette?
Also, feel free to laugh at me. It's okay. Really. I deserve it.
Because it's Wednesday, check out Lydia's answer to this month's Sisterhood of the Traveling blog question about which genre we're crushing on and why we haven't written it ... yet.