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Contextual Communities: Why Young People are Straying from Traditional Social Media in Search of More Authentic Connections

Contextual Communities: Why Young People are Straying from Traditional Social Media in Search of More Authentic Connections

For many, Facebook and other leading social media sites offer a means of passing extra time, or keeping in contact with friends near and far; however, for many teenagers, they are a source of stress and anxiety. Experts state that the “rose-tinted” image which many people portray of themselves on social media, with filtered selfies and commentaries about social events, parties and all round good times, can have a negative effect on many people who don’t view their own lives in the same light, compounding a sense of loneliness and a feeling of being different.

 

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