Social Media is Affecting Teens (8/8)

This Ted Ed talk shows how priorities among teens have changed over time, and most significantly as social media has become more prominent. Where a teen’s top need was once simply to belong, this has recently transitioned into a need to be “liked”, on social media that is. The irony is that the need to be liked on social media may be interfering with a teens ability to truly understand and relate to the feelings of others. Neuroscientists have discovered that the part of the brain that creates empathy is only activated when children are day dreaming, and teens today are too busy to day dream, any down time they have is spent on SNSs. If a lack of daydreaming creates a lack of empathy, the long-term results may be a generation that could literally care less.

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