Adults View Social Media Differently Than Teens

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Adults view social media differently than teens. Dana Boyd’s book, It’s Complicated; the Social Lives of Networked Teens, speaks to the adults that don 't understand and often misjudge teens based on these social media sites. In chapter one, “Identities: Why Do Teens Seem Strange Online”, Dana Boyd writes to adults explaining that most, if not all, teens seem different online than they are in real life. The young adult’s environment influence their activity on social media, making it difficult for them to address all audiences. Teens will try to change context, profiles, and identities online in order to communicate with their intended audience. In doing so, if you are not a part of their intended audience, “what teens appear to do and say on social media seems peculiar if not outright problematic”(Boyd 30). Teens will write for their intended audience, without thinking about their invisible audience. This makes it easy for adults, and other people, to misinterpret what they write to address their intended audience. “A context collapse occurs when people are forced to grapple simultaneously with otherwise unrelated social context that are rooted in different norms and seemingly demand different social responses”(Boyd 31). For example, when a teen girl’s parents become friends with her on Facebook and read a post from her friend saying “ Fun night out drinking!! Love my BFF!” and tag her in it as her best friend, that immediately causes a context collapse. Now the parents
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