Does social media fit the gender – or does the gender find the social media?
Maybe online gaming isn’t so bad after all. I was resistant to the idea of my son playing games online when he first started earlier this year.
But then again I was resistant to him having a Facebook page and a cell phone!
Things have a way of working out. After maybe a month of Facebook – my son discontinued it. Facebook was too much work, he said.
His cell phone has become a tool – he doesn’t really over-use it. When he first started texting, there was a bit of an issue, but that’s "stale" now too.
His social media de jour is online games.
My son can team up with friends – or play against them. All the while – he can chat with them – not in 140 characters or less, or through long Facebook missives, but actual talking.
With his headset on - he and his friends can go into “party” chat or one on one conversation. They advise, taunt and challenge one another. But they also encourage each other – and even make plans to meet up in person.
In my opinion, it’s the teenage boys’ version of girls talking on the phone. What do you think?
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