The work deals with social media according to a systemic perspective: it is examined how they have influenced young people and their relationships inside and outside the family, which has to engage in a mediation role. To overcome a demonization perspective, it is assumed that the use of these channels is not negative itself: the effects are mediated by values and modalities of each one. The authors focus on the potential of the media: they can increase family connection and pro-social behavior and respond to critical needs of young people (autonomy, identity and intimacy). Finally, negative effects are not ignored, as the dependence, the repercussions of the overexposure for a developing brain and the destructive effects on body image, sexuality and aggression. Finally the paradoxical aspects of social media are discussed, including the "pre-eighteenth".
Keywords: Social media, family, bonds, mediation, identity, sexuality, paradox.
Marta Di Grado, Aurora Boison, Margherita Tata, Virginia Tamborini, Social media and family bonds: towards overcoming the dichotomy between real and digital world in "RIVISTA DI PSICOTERAPIA RELAZIONALE " 45/2017, pp. 68-81, DOI:10.3280/PR2017-045004