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What does a 13-year old make of social media?

Our Managing Partner Kate’s thirteen year-old Niece Ella recently came in to The Write Impression offices for a spot of work experience so we thought we would ask her thoughts on social media, how she uses it and what she thinks future trends will be. Thanks Ella – it makes interesting reading!!

Hi, my names Ella and I am 13 years old and I’m, going to tell you how I use social media.

Although I am old enough to have Facebook, I chose not to make myself an account. This is for many reasons, but the main reason is that surprisingly not many of my other friends use Facebook and I tend to use other apps such as Instagram or Snapchat to communicate with them. Although many people say a lot of bullying happens on Facebook; this could (and does) happen on any social media website including Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and many more.

I really enjoy using Instagram. This is because it's fun and easy to use, also it is very easy to make your account private - this way only your friends can see your posts! Another great app I like to use is Snapchat. Many people my age use this app and it allows you to post a picture for a certain amount of time onto your story. Unlike the other sites your picture only stays up for a day, I like this because you can add different things to your story and after a while they will automatically delete.

Another thing I enjoy about Snapchat is being able to privately talk to my friends. It shows you if your friend is typing, has opened your message, or screenshotted the conversation! Snapchat is probably one of the most used apps on my phone and I strongly recommend downloading it for free.

Finally another app I enjoy is Twitter. Although I don't tend to tweet anything, I love to find out what my favourite celebrities and YouTubers are up too. In the future I think I will tend to stop using Snapchat and Instagram and instead use Facebook and Twitter. This is because my friends will most likely stop using those apps so therefore there is no point of me still using them if there is no one to interact with. I think the majority of older teenagers tend to have Facebook and adults use it too, and it is even used for work preferences, and companies tend to use Facebook and Twitter to promote their businesses.


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