Social media has given teens the ability to instantly connect with others and share their lives through photos, videos and status updates.
In general, girls are more active than boys at disconnecting from others on social media.
Roughly half of girls (52%) say they at least sometimes unfriend or unfollow people, compared with 35% of boys.
There are some age and gender differences in the topics teens share on social media. And older girls are especially likely to post about a variety of subjects – including their dating lives, their family, their emotions and their religious or political beliefs, compared with older boys or younger teens.
Older teens are more likely than their younger counterparts to post about their romantic relationships: 26% of teens ages 15 to 17 say they post about their dating life on social media, compared with 16% of 13- to 14-year-olds. Although the proliferation of smartphones has given teens the ability to constantly share different aspects of their lives, this survey finds that many teens regularly forego posting selfies, videos or other updates of their lives to social media.
And girls are nearly twice as likely as boys to say they often unfriend or unfollow people on these platforms (18% vs. But among youth who do engage in this practice, boys and girls largely do so for similar reasons – with one exception.