Tech-savvy young 'still keep diary'
Teenagers are still using private diaries to record their innermost thoughts despite the advent of social media, research has revealed.
A new survey found that 83% of today's girls aged between 16 and 19 keep a personal pen-and-paper diary, up from 69% in the 1990s.
While 71% say that they post only some of their feelings and thoughts on social media, most teenage girls (95%) keep their deepest emotions out of sites such as Facebook and Twitter, the research for digital TV channel E4 found.
As well as not revealing crushes, problems at home, depression and body image issues on such sites, more than half (53%) say that they exaggerate on social media.
Over three quarters (78%) say that they have worries about posting thoughts and feelings online.
Around two thirds say that they keep a diary for therapeutic reasons, with 64% saying that writing in a private diary makes them feel better.
The research was commissioned by E4 to tie in with My Mad Fat Diary, a new, Nineties-set TV series based on the real-life teenage diaries of Rae Earl.
Earl, whose diaries have been adapted for the series, said: "As long as young people still feel lonely, fat, mad, sad, happy, hopeless, good or bad they will always need a place where they can record their thoughts and work things out in total privacy.
"Blogs and social networks like Twitter and Facebook might come and go, but teenagers will always retreat to a private diary to record their true thoughts."
Research was conducted by company Otherlines.TV, with a nation-wide survey of 1,400 people, including current teenagers aged between 16 and 19 and adults who were teenagers in the 1990s.
what do you think?
Because, when I click on this news story, to see which side of the house, "imaginary" clicking and banging occurs at, that is precisely why, teenagers know they can't trust the internet, either. If they keep their diaries online, a lot of people will be reading those. They also don't believe nobody is reading their diaries, so they write a lot of things which aren't true and keep a lot of dates which are also fictiscious. Today's teenagers know they aren't paranoid schizophrenics and understand why it is important to not put their real diaries online, write a lot of things which aren't true in those AND often, two girls will use secret codes with each other, as you can also see online. They, also, now don't trust each other or their secret codes, which is why they then have their own secret codes, which they also don't trust nobody else is reading, which is why they code total meaningless garbage into their secret-coded, not-online diaries, with their electronic password systems. Another problem they find is, whatever they write in their secret diaries, wherever they go, people speak statements written in them. Society is wrong. Teenagers don't trust or believe it. They are correct.