The Positive Effects of Tumblr on Teen Culture
Teenagers use social media for many different reasons. They use it to feel deemed worthy by their peers, to post personal opinions, and to share their daily life. They spend more time with their phones, laptops, iPads, etc. than they do with their family, friends, boyfriends and girlfriends. Tumblr is a popular blogging website/app that has gained popularity in the last few years. Tumblr has a positive effect on teen culture because unlike Facebook and other forms of social media, it promotes creative expression in a non-judgmental environment.
Tumblr was created in 2007 in New York City by a 26-year-old named David Karp. Tumblr is a blogging platform that makes it easier to post videos, audio, words, social bookmarks, photos, and even other people's blog posts into your own blog, and share it with other people. It’s the people on Tumblr who really make up the site. There are fandoms and gifs (moving pictures) that people send around. You can find almost anything on Tumblr and there are no ads currently on Tumblr. It is more photo/ blog based than Facebook. If you post things on Tumblr, you generally don’t care how many notes (likes) or reblogs you get. Tumblr attracts people who want a deeper personal connection to people similar to them. As opposed to Facebook and Twitter where people go to feed their egos with “likes”, “retweets”, and how many “friends” they have. According to “61% of teenagers consider Tumblr their favorite social network.” (MediaBistro.com). Based on this information, teens prefer Tumblr to other forms of Social Media.
According to a survey conducted by Garry Tan (blog.garrytan.com), “nine out of 10 teens use Social Media”. It is one of the most important aspects of teen culture. Teenagers spend more time with their phones, laptops, iPads, etc. than they do with friends and family. They use it to communicate, do homework and research, validation from peers. One particular study found that “61% use Tumblr, 55% use Facebook, 22% use Twitter, 21% use Instagram, and 13% use Snapchat. (Garry Tan, Tenth Grade Tech Trends, blog.garrytan.com). Another study found that “88% of teens value social media because it helps them keep in touch with friends they don’t see often. They’re posting: 91% photos of themselves, 71% where they live and their name, 53% their email address, and 20% their cell phone number. 67% of teens use social media daily, 60% of boys, 75% of girls, 52% of 12-13 year olds, and 73% of 14-17 year olds. 95% of teens use the internet and 81% use social media sites.” (Lenhart, Amanda. Teens and Online Video. pewinterent.org). This information is important because it gives specific data on how teens use social media.
Teens are much more likely to report that using social media has a positive impact on their social and emotional lives than a negative one. Based on a study by Common Sense Media (commonsensemedia.com) “75% of 13- to 17-year-olds with a social...