As you have probably noticed, teens are texting instead of calling. They have on average 300 face book friends but few intimate confidants. The result “is a decline in intimate friendships, Patricia Greenfield a UCLA researcher says. Instead, many young people now derive personal support and affirmation from “likes” and feedback to their postings.
“The whole idea behind intimacy is self-disclosure. Now they’re doing self-disclosure to an audience of hundreds.” says Greenfield
As I talk to parents of teens, they say, “That’s just the way it is. What can we do about it?” What I am learning is that there is a healthy way to help teens communicate better.