Don’t raise fools: How to prepare kids for life on social media

Should kids be on social media? If yes, what are some good rules to have?

Should kids be on social media? The kneejerk reaction, for some parents, is to control what they do. But journalist Virginia Heffernan thinks that how children and teenagers use social media is how we all use social media — we're just too proud to admit it. Those of us that use social media inevitably are painting an avatar of personality online, testing what works and what doesn't, and through fine-tuning our own selves in the process. It is absolutely true that you can fall victim to narcissism if you follow the "like" economy to its fullest, but a healthy attitude towards social media can lead to some old-fashioned self-exploration that many older folks may have forgotten about. Because young people know... perhaps more than adults... that you have to try on a lot of metaphorical hats before you find the one that fits. Virginia Heffernan's latest book is Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: MONEY SHARMA/GETTY

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Study: Young People Who Use Multiple Social Media Platforms Are More Likely to Be Depressed

Researchers find more evidence of the link between social media use by young adults and depression.

Researchers published an eye-opening analysis that shows just how much social media and depression are linked in young adults. The more social media platforms they are on, the more likely they are to be depressed.

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Zombie cookie monsters, an appropriate metaphor. (Photo: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

Arby’s has a new addition to its menu: venison. From late 2016, it’s been rolling out deer burgers in select markets across Tennessee, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, in a play that it hopes will attract hunters and people involved in hunting culture.

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What can Instagram tell us about narcissists? A bit, actually.

The question isn't, "Are you a narcissist?" — it's "Which type are you?"

Echo and Narcissus by John William Waterhouse, 1903
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