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Here’s how teens are using the internet differently than adults


Internet culture keeps changing fast with the introduction of new social media platforms and trends that it might get hard for people to keep track of it.

If you’re an older millennial or an ‘adult’ that doesn’t mean you can’t keep up with teens and have fun with different platforms, memes or slang words or at least be aware of them. Knowing what teens are up to on the internet is important for parents as well. So here’s a list of the latest internet trends that you should know about right now.

Teens use ‘Finstas’ on Instagram for their closest friends


Teens use ‘Finstas’ on Instagram for their closest friends

Instagram is a picture sharing platform where people showcase an image of their ‘perfect lives’. If you have an Instagram account you’re likely to come across people posting pictures of their shopping sprees, dream vacations, luxe lifestyles and what not. Influencers on the platform actually make a living out of this.

On the other hand, a ‘finsta’ is a fake Instagram account where teens upload pictures of their ‘real lives’ and allow only specific people to follow it. They use this account to post more ‘causal’, ‘unfiltered’ or ‘silly’ pictures and selfies that they would dread posting on their main or public accounts. It might be difficult for you to find this account because teens usually use a difficult and hard to find the username for it. If you’re a family member, chances are you’ll never be allowed access to their private or more personal ‘finsta’ account.

 Teens post lip-sync videos on TikTok, a popular video sharing app


 Teens post lip-sync videos on TikTok, a popular video sharing app



You might have heard about TikTok but do you have an idea about what it is about?
TikTok is a video sharing platform where teens post short lip sync videos. They also participate in challenges where users post videos mimicking a song or a video by bringing their own twist to it and others have to do the same in order to get the most number of attention.

Like Instagram bloggers or YouTubers, some TikTok users have paved their way to a ‘celebrity’ title on the platform and bagged huge sums of cash through their videos.  

Through twitch, teens can share their gaming sessions to viewers


 Teens post lip-sync videos on TikTok, a popular video sharing app

Twitch was launched in 2011 as a live-broadcasting platform where people could watch others play video games. It has gained a lot of popularity over the years and hosts millions of users now. Even Twitch has its own group of celebrities who post gaming sessions with other big names on the platform to provide users with more engaging and enjoyable broadcasts.

Teens can hide their internet activity with apps


Teens can hide their internet activity with apps

Teens have become smarter and found more ways to hide their personal internet activity from their parents. For example, there’s an app called ‘Best Secret Folder’ that’s free and can keep sensitive photos or media to avoid any unwanted access, the icon of the app looks like an iOS folder and will be easy to deceive anyone. If someone tries to get into the folder, the app takes the picture of the ‘intruder’ which can be viewed later.

You can have an entire conversation with ‘memes’


You can have an entire conversation with ‘memes’

Do you know what memes are, and even if you do, do you know that you can have whole conversations with them? There are memes that lose popularity quickly and others that last a long time.
Memes have been alive for quite some time now on Facebook, Instagram and other platforms. Memes can be used to add a dash of humor to serious topics from politics to your upbringing.



Here’s how teens are using the internet differently than adults


Here’s how teens are using the internet differently than adults


Internet culture keeps changing fast with the introduction of new social media platforms and trends that it might get hard for people to keep track of it.

If you’re an older millennial or an ‘adult’ that doesn’t mean you can’t keep up with teens and have fun with different platforms, memes or slang words or at least be aware of them. Knowing what teens are up to on the internet is important for parents as well. So here’s a list of the latest internet trends that you should know about right now.

Teens use ‘Finstas’ on Instagram for their closest friends


Teens use ‘Finstas’ on Instagram for their closest friends

Instagram is a picture sharing platform where people showcase an image of their ‘perfect lives’. If you have an Instagram account you’re likely to come across people posting pictures of their shopping sprees, dream vacations, luxe lifestyles and what not. Influencers on the platform actually make a living out of this.

On the other hand, a ‘finsta’ is a fake Instagram account where teens upload pictures of their ‘real lives’ and allow only specific people to follow it. They use this account to post more ‘causal’, ‘unfiltered’ or ‘silly’ pictures and selfies that they would dread posting on their main or public accounts. It might be difficult for you to find this account because teens usually use a difficult and hard to find the username for it. If you’re a family member, chances are you’ll never be allowed access to their private or more personal ‘finsta’ account.

 Teens post lip-sync videos on TikTok, a popular video sharing app


 Teens post lip-sync videos on TikTok, a popular video sharing app



You might have heard about TikTok but do you have an idea about what it is about?
TikTok is a video sharing platform where teens post short lip sync videos. They also participate in challenges where users post videos mimicking a song or a video by bringing their own twist to it and others have to do the same in order to get the most number of attention.

Like Instagram bloggers or YouTubers, some TikTok users have paved their way to a ‘celebrity’ title on the platform and bagged huge sums of cash through their videos.  

Through twitch, teens can share their gaming sessions to viewers


 Teens post lip-sync videos on TikTok, a popular video sharing app

Twitch was launched in 2011 as a live-broadcasting platform where people could watch others play video games. It has gained a lot of popularity over the years and hosts millions of users now. Even Twitch has its own group of celebrities who post gaming sessions with other big names on the platform to provide users with more engaging and enjoyable broadcasts.

Teens can hide their internet activity with apps


Teens can hide their internet activity with apps

Teens have become smarter and found more ways to hide their personal internet activity from their parents. For example, there’s an app called ‘Best Secret Folder’ that’s free and can keep sensitive photos or media to avoid any unwanted access, the icon of the app looks like an iOS folder and will be easy to deceive anyone. If someone tries to get into the folder, the app takes the picture of the ‘intruder’ which can be viewed later.

You can have an entire conversation with ‘memes’


You can have an entire conversation with ‘memes’

Do you know what memes are, and even if you do, do you know that you can have whole conversations with them? There are memes that lose popularity quickly and others that last a long time.
Memes have been alive for quite some time now on Facebook, Instagram and other platforms. Memes can be used to add a dash of humor to serious topics from politics to your upbringing.



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