Social networking has become an integral part of many people's lives, as they rely on it to communicate with friends, coworkers, and family. What kind of impact might this new connection have on relationships, especially those between teen and parent? That is the question researchers at Brigham Young University sought to answer in a recent study.
The study consisted of almost 500 families and, overall, the researchers found that parent and teen had a stronger connection when both were on the social networking site. Also the more interaction between them, the stronger the connection they have. However there are two key points to keep in mind. First is that moderation is important, as posting embarrassing pictures of a child can disrupt the positive effect of the additional communication channel. Second is that social networking is not going to be a cure for a poor parental relationship. Parents who may not be tech savvy but are already well connected to their children will join a social networking site specifically to continue that connection in another medium.
The researchers also found an interesting correlation between the use of social networking and certain negative effects, independent of parent use. Those teenagers who were using social networking sites a great deal, such as some in the study who would log in for eight hours a day, reported greater depression and aggression than others.
Source: Brigham Young University