This month we talked about Narcissism and how social networking feeds this. In many conversations, it was pointed out that all youth, from any period in time are narcissistic. In that case, the issue becomes that very little is considered “private” anymore. Anything can be put as facebook status, or tweeted about. And pictures that would/should be considered private are posted for anyone to see. We also saw a need for more encouragement to have personal conversations and handle conflict in person rather than electronically. Most youthworkers saw that the benefits and advantages of facebook and twitter outweighed the negative. It is a useful tool to know what your youth are going through and to virtually “be there” for them when they need it. Everyone agreed that MySpace was not used anymore, and we ruminated on what the “next great thing” would be.
How are you using social networking in your group? Is it helpful?