A Teenager’s View on Social Media

Andrew Watts, Medium, Jan 09, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I thought this was interesting - it presented a certain perspective (U.S. male teen in college in Texas), it posed me a mystery (which I solved: what does YikYak mean when it says 'enter your digits'? Phone number), and identified some areas of concern for people using the social networks (not privacy per se "We aren't sending pictures of our Social Security Cards here, we're sending selfies and photos with us having 5 chins") but privacy in terms of following ("Without the constant social pressure of a follower count or Facebook friends...") and content ("There are no links on Instagram, meaning I'm not being constantly spammed by the same advertisement, horrible gossip news article, or Buzzfeed listicle ...).

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