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Lavallee 1 Jenna Lavallee Educational Psychology 305 Seminar Paper #1 14 February 2011 Technology & Adolescent Identity Development Technology has evolved into a significant factor in adolescents’ lives. Most adolescents use multiple Internet sites to stay connected to their peers. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace have all become important parts of adolescents social interaction with their friends and classmates. Peer influence via Internet sites can be good for adolescents, yet can also be bad for their identity development and self-esteem once the communication turns for the worse. Cyber- bullying has become a prevalent problem in adolescents and schools around the country. The instant communication fostered by Internet sites has become detrimental to adolescent identity development. Adolescence is a confusing time for teenagers where they transition from childhood to adulthood. They consider what role they will play in the adult world and who they are as individuals.
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