- Authors say teens who lurk on social media can suffer by feeling excluded when they see their classmates and friends having fun online
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Watch a CNN Special Report, "#Being13: Inside the Secret World of Teens," on CNNgo. Marion K. Underwood, is a professor of behavioral and brain sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas and Robert W. Faris is an associate professor of sociology at the University of California at Davis. The opinions expressed in this commentary are theirs.
(CNN)Most adolescents with access to smart phones are living their social lives online as much as they do face-to-face. Adults worry that teens are hooked on social media, but most have no idea what teens are actually doing online.
What do lurkers see?
- Being excluded to some parties.
- My best friends hung out without me, and posted it on instagram.
- My friends went out without me and posted pictures on instagram then denied they were out together.
- Not anything specific, but I don't like when people post pictures or tweet about a party that I wasn't invited to.
- Seeing pictures posted by my friends doing things where I wasn't included.