"Facebook takes up my whole life."

Life of a 15-Year-Old Girl on Social Media

#Childhood

Wed, May 29th, 2013 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Huffington Post, an interview by Bianca Bosker on what really happens on a teen girl's iPhone. It's fascinating and terryfing to see the level of stress young girls go through because of social media.

Not having an iPhone can be social suicide, notes Casey. One of her friends found herself effectively exiled from their circle for six months because her parents dawdled in upgrading her to an iPhone. Without it, she had no access to the iMessage group chat, where it seemed all their shared plans were being made.

"She wasn’t in the group chat, so we stopped being friends with her,” Casey says. “Not because we didn’t like her, but we just weren’t in contact with her.”

On a recent Thursday, Casey and her friends are up texting on iMessage until midnight, then they pick up again around 7 a.m., when they wake for school. By 4 p.m. that day, the group has exchanged more than 56 messages, not including those sent in the private, one-on-one chats Casey also kept going during the day.

“That’s not even a lot. That’s small. And we were in school the whole day also,” Casey says.

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