Social media allows people from all over the world to connect, converse, and develop or maintain relationships. This can allow you to chat with your best friend living abroad in Ireland or to find new friends with similar interests miles away.
One new popular social app, Kik, allows members to chat with each other as someone would with text message, but allows users to chat anonymously. The app frequently deletes older messages giving teens the ability to chat away from prying eyes but also gives predators the abilty to develop relationships under false pretenses. Find our more about this phenominon in the New York Times article, "Wildly Popular App Kik Offers Teenages, and Predators, Anonymity."