What is the role of online friends in the social development of today's adolescents? In what way are online friendships the same as and different from conventional friendships? Can adolescents learn interpersonal skills, such as revealing oneself to others and respecting diverse viewpoints in the cyber environment? Write a one page (times new roman font & double spaced) essay on the subject. Remember to cite the references. Social development refers to the development of social skills and emotional maturity that are needed to build relationships as well as relate to others. In order to develop socially, children and adolescents need to interact with their peers in an acceptable way. Yet in today’s society there is more than just face to face interactions that occur daily. There is now a form of electronic communication through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content, which is also known as social media. Communication among the internet has become increasingly popular, especially among adolescents. About ninety-three percent of young people in America between the ages of twelve and seventeen are using the internet. Most adolescents are using the internet to communicate among social networking websites such as facebook and twitter. They are usually continuing communication among already formed friendships. These friendships could include people they see daily, friends from summer camp, town sports, or long distance friends from a vacation spot. Yet there are still fifty-five percent of adolescents who do in fact communicate with people who they do not know.
According to the stimulation hypothesis, communication among the internet enriches the adolescents in conventional friendships. It is suggested that the children use the content in which they discuss and connect about over the internet in their actual time spent together. Since adolescents are intertwining the two ways of