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A majority of teens believe social media has had a positive impact on various aspects of their lives, the survey finds.
A smaller share of these teens say they unfollow others because they act differently online than in person (43%) or post political views they disagree with (22%).
Overall, 37% of teens think that social media helps people their age find trustworthy information – and only 7% think these sites help “a lot” in that respect.
Older teens are more likely than their younger peers to believe social media helps teens interact with people from various backgrounds.
A smaller share of teens report regularly posting things that they want to go viral (29%).
Notably, in each instance close to half or more of teens say they rarely or never share these types of posts on social media.
In general, girls are more active than boys at disconnecting from others on social media.