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If kids can’t socialize, who should parents blame? Simple: They should blame themselves. This is the argument advanced in It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, by Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd. Boyd—full disclosure, a friend of mine—has spent a decade interviewing hundreds of teens about their online lives.

What she has found, over and over, is that teenagers would love to socialize face-to-face with their friends. But adult society won’t let them. “Teens aren’t addicted to social media. They’re addicted to each other,” Boyd says. “They’re not allowed to hang out the way you and I did, so they’ve moved it online.”

It’s true. As a teenager in the early ’80s I could roam pretty widely with my friends, as long as we were back by dark. But over the next three decades, the media began delivering a metronomic diet of horrifying but rare child-abduction stories, and parents shortened the leash on their kids. Politicians warned of incipient waves of youth wilding and superpredators (neither of which emerged). Municipalities crafted anti-loitering laws and curfews to keep young people from congregating alone. New neighborhoods had fewer public spaces. Crime rates plummeted, but moral panic soared. Meanwhile, increased competition to get into college meant well-off parents began heavily scheduling their kids’ after-school lives.

The result, Boyd discovered, is that today’s teens have neither the time nor the freedom to hang out. So their avid migration to social media is a rational response to a crazy situation. They’d rather socialize F2F, so long as it’s unstructured and away from grown-ups. “I don’t care where,” one told Boyd wistfully, “just not home.

Don’t Blame Social Media if Your Teen Is Unsocial. It’s Your Fault | Wired Opinion | Wired.com (via albinwonderland)

(Source: brutereason)

typhonatemybaby:

mishawinsexster:

Friendly reminder that the Duckbill Platypus is not beaver sized but the tiniest most cutest patootie being in existence 

OH GOD

i thought these things were the size of like, large cats or something. ITS FUCKING TINY JESUS

shanks-for-the-booty:

nico-ya:

this is like some kind of fucking sick fucking bad bad bad joke because fucking literally one fucking fucking piece of this motherfucking puzzle is fucking missing

Well then you better assemble your friends and find a worthy vessel because it looks like you’re on the path to finding tHE ONE PIECE.

shanks-for-the-booty:

nico-ya:

this is like some kind of fucking sick fucking bad bad bad joke because fucking literally one fucking fucking piece of this motherfucking puzzle is fucking missing

Well then you better assemble your friends and find a worthy vessel because it looks like you’re on the path to finding tHE ONE PIECE.

tokomon:

makingmywaydownmax:

The main reason Rihanna was so unamused during the VMA’s was that she didn’t have Katy Perry by her side

i mean

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she’s only happy 

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if

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there’s

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a katy perry 

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involved

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(Source: daeneryszhavorsa)

supduuuuude:

hullodearie:

Fake Pockets: A How To

dude. this comic was made for me.

xshinolovebugx:

my imagination says yes, but my drawing skills say no

whoremionegrunger:

i guess this proves you shouldn’t make assumptions about anyone.

(Source: doctopus)

vaporwave-official:

Mom, Dad, I have decided to become an existential concept.

888mph:

darthbabe:

 

Real men don’t give a shit about what “Real Men Do and Don’t”. Real Men will gladly have a tea party with their nieces, and don’t give a fuck what anyone thinks. 

this is the most adorable thing

the cutest

And real men do it right, with nail polish, sparkly tiaras and earrings, lipgloss, and feather boas. They don’t do it half-assed.

(Source: broriarty)

haanigram:

abigail-rising:

The Korean promos speak to me on a spiritual level.

are we not going to talk about the heart focusing on mads chest hair

barackobama:


rabioheab:

i think there’s been a mistake

No it isn’t
Congratulations, you are now the President of the United States

barackobama:

rabioheab:

i think there’s been a mistake

No it isn’t

Congratulations, you are now the President of the United States