Essay about The Positive Effects of Tumblr on Teen Culture

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The Positive Effects of Tumblr on Teen Culture Teenagers use social media for many different reasons. They use it to feel deemed worthy by their peers, to post personal opinions, and to share their daily life. They spend more time with their phones, laptops, iPads, etc. than they do with their family, friends, boyfriends and girlfriends. Tumblr is a popular blogging website/app that has gained popularity in the last few years. Tumblr has a positive effect on teen culture because unlike Facebook and other forms of social media, it promotes creative expression in a non-judgmental environment. Tumblr was created in 2007 in New York City by a 26-year-old named David Karp. Tumblr is a blogging platform that makes it easier to post videos,…show more content…
Another study found that “88% of teens value social media because it helps them keep in touch with friends they don’t see often. They’re posting: 91% photos of themselves, 71% where they live and their name, 53% their email address, and 20% their cell phone number. 67% of teens use social media daily, 60% of boys, 75% of girls, 52% of 12-13 year olds, and 73% of 14-17 year olds. 95% of teens use the internet and 81% use social media sites.” (Lenhart, Amanda. Teens and Online Video. pewinterent.org). This information is important because it gives specific data on how teens use social media. Teens are much more likely to report that using social media has a positive impact on their social and emotional lives than a negative one. Based on a study by Common Sense Media (commonsensemedia.com) “75% of 13- to 17-year-olds with a social networking profile, percent who say social networking makes them feel more or less: Confident: 20%, Depressed: 5%, Outgoing: 28%, Popular: 19%, Sympathetic to others: 19%, Better about themselves: 15%.” This research shows that teens' self-confidence gradually improved the more they used social networking. Tumblr was created by a 26 year old David Karp in New York City in 2007. “All blogs took the same form,”(Schonfeld, Erick. Founder Stories Why David Karp Started Tumblr: Blogs Don't Work For Most People, TechCrunch.com) he notes in one interview. “I wanted something much more free-form, much
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