The relationship between children and parents plays a vital role in our life. The more children and parents get loser to each other, the strong their bonding becomes. However, in a study it has been found that teens who friend their parents online feel closer to them in real life.
Nowadays, kids and parents are often found connected with each other in many social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ etc. Through this virtual connection, parents get a chance to peep into their children’s life. But logically the question appears, how many children or parents are close enough to each other in real life? To know the answer, researchers at BYU did a survey upon 500 families.
The researchers found that of those 500 families, half of the teens were connected with their parents on various social-networking sites and one in five said they interact through social media with their parents every day. The children admitted that the more frequently they had interacted with their parents, the stronger the real-life connection between them later build.
On the other side, researchers also discovered that often children show their depression or aggression or thoughts on social media sites. Therefore, parents get to know what’s going on in their children’s life.
BYU professors Sarah Coyne and Laura Padilla-Walker said, children who friend their parents online feel closer to them in real life, and that they actually exhibit higher rates of “pro-social” behavior, meaning they live more generously, kindly, and helpfully to others.
The study has been published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.