Bullies today don’t use their fists—they use their phones. Even when they’re in the same room, most teens and tweens would rather text each other than actually converse, as one 2010 survey from the Pew Research Center found.
Nowadays, though, all kids have to do is head to Google something and research papers, scientific articles, and other verifiable sources are at their fingertips.Back when you were getting ready to go to college, things were much less competitive than they are now.In fact, the reality of what high school students go through just to get accepted into top tier schools will probably blow your mind.And while that may have been how it was in the ’80s, that’s hardly how cafeterias look in today’s day and age.“The cliques are a little bit less defined because of social media,” Nicole Capalbo, a softball coach and guidance counselor at Palatine High School in Illinois, explained to the .Though different than what you might’ve gone through as a kid, online harassment is just as serious as physical violence and in-person verbal abuse, and any claims of cyberbullying should be taken seriously. Students nowadays aren’t just using their devices to socialize.In a 2014 report from Project Tomorrow titled “The New Digital Playbook: Understanding the Spectrum of Students’ Activities and Aspirations,” researchers found that 52 percent of high schoolers and 47 percent of middle schoolers took tests online at some point.On college exam prep website Prep Scholar, for instance, it is recommended for high school students to “start studying at some point during their sophomore year for a longer, less intense plan or the summer after sophomore year for a more intense plan.” Yes, the As a teenager, you might’ve dabbled in a sport and maybe even took violin lessons once a week.And while these activities probably felt time-consuming, they’re nothing compared to what kids nowadays have on their plate.In order to have competitive college applications, high schoolers will often balance a varsity sport, several club memberships, musical instrument lessons, and student government simultaneously.Oh, and all of this is on top of that ridiculous workload and studying for the SAT! These are just some of the many online platforms through which kids nowadays prefer to communicate.