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Are there any teens on this site?

I ask this because I am a 17 year old frustrated by her old habits. It's summer and I can admit to having many idle days sitting in front of my computer, bored. So bored as I am, I often resort to FB (facebook), which as great as it CAN be, ends up becoming a forum for complaints, beauty affirmation, and simply things that aren't that fulfilling.

Are there any teens on this site that share the same disappointment. I wish FB was more of a place where I could share my ideas with friends...

That's why I love this site, but I just have to know how many teens are cruising around this site?

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  • Jul 30 2012: You're not alone! I'm 14.
    Don't feel so bad about regaining bad habits over the summer. I'm sure everyone else is just like you.
    The summer is great in that it gives us time to do things.
    SO. MUCH. TIME.
    Im pretty sure every teen on here can agree that at the beginning of summer we make plans to never be bored and waste all that precious time we want during the school year. But of course, some time in the beginning of summer, that all falls to pieces. So we resort to the internet. And most of us resort to facebook because everyone pretty much has one and 'surely someone out there has something to say, right?'
    When in reality every kid on there is just like you- at least in that they're bored to tears.
    One website filled with the bored wall posts of every bored kid out there.
    Stimulating, right?
    Even when it's not summer, Facebook is still a waste or time. The majority of my 'friends' on facebook are people I hardly know. The only thing we've got in common is we go to the same school. The good thing about TED is you can seek out your interests, bring your friends into the community, and share your ideas with people you don't know in the community.
    Actually, I think a lot of websites are like that. Like youtube, or tumblr...
    In theory, Facebook is supposed to be like that too, but I think part of the reason why it's so dull is because you're surrounded by people that you only partially know. You feel obligated to accept their friend requests because you have to live with them, you send friend requests in return because you want to be active on the site.
    And everyone is afraid to go past the surface in their personalities because they're surrounded by people they only vaguely know.
    On other sites, the state of being anonymous allows people to open up and be interesting because the internet doesn't care what your opinion on facebook is. Subtly insulting you facebook friends might rub someone the wrong way on facebook though. And then you have to talk to them later.
    • Aug 2 2012: On Facebook, you are not allowed to open up and be interesting because you don't want to insult anyone (or look like an idiot). Perfect illustration of Sir Ken Robinson's "If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original" quote. FB is terrible, it will swallow our souls! The solution is easy, however: go outside.

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