What do you really think about social media?

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1. Can you guess?

Nowadays, lots of us are using social media. For Safer Internet Day 2017, we wanted to ask what you think about it.

We spoke to lots of 10 to 12-year-olds who use social media to find out what they really think. We asked them how does using social media make them feel? Do they like posting selfies? Have they ever been sent a picture on social media that’s upset them? Are they under pressure to look a certain way in selfies?

See if you can guess what they said below, then click on the links at the bottom of this page to find out more about what they told Newsround.

2. How does it make you feel?

How many said they felt happy, sociable or excited when they use social media?

Just over 1 in 5

You thought it was

Just over 1 in 5

It wasn't - it was actually just over 4 in 5 that said they felt that way!

Just over 2 in 5

You thought it was

Just over 2 in 5

It wasn't - it was actually just over 4 in 5 that said they felt that way!

Just over 3 in 5

You thought it was

Just over 3 in 5

It wasn't - it was actually just over 4 in 5 that said they felt that way!

Just over 4 in 5

You thought it was

Just over 4 in 5

Correct - lots of 10 to 12-year-olds said social media made them feel that way!

3. How often do you check social media?

How many said they check their social media if they wake up in the middle of the night?

1 in 5

You thought it was

1 in 5

Correct! Around 1 in 5 said they check social media if they wake up in the middle of the night

2 in 5

You thought it was

2 in 5

Not quite that many! Around 1 in 5 said they check social media if they wake up in the middle of the night

3 in 5

You thought it was

3 in 5

Not quite that many! Around 1 in 5 said they check social media if they wake up in the middle of the night

4 in 5

You thought it was

4 in 5

Not quite that many! Around 1 in 5 said they check social media if they wake up in the middle of the night

4. Do you post selfies?

How many 10 to 12-year-olds said they like to post selfies of themselves on social media?

About 1 in 4

You thought it was

About 1 in 4

It was actually more than that! Just over half said they post selfies of themselves on social media

Just over half

You thought it was

Just over half

Exactly that! Just over half said they post selfies of themselves on social media

About 3 in 4

You thought it was

About 3 in 4

Not quite that many! Just over half said they post selfies of themselves on social media

Everyone

You thought it was

Everyone

Not quite that many! Just over half said they post selfies of themselves on social media

5. What if you don't like a picture?

Some said that in the past, someone has posted a picture of them that they weren’t happy with. What was the most common reason that they were unhappy with it?

People wrote nasty comments

You thought it was

People wrote nasty comments

About 1 in 7 said people writing nasty comments made them unhappy about a photo that someone else had posted - but not liking how they looked was more common

It didn’t get many 'likes'

You thought it was

It didn’t get many 'likes'

About 1 in 10 said they weren't happy because it didn't get many 'likes', but not liking how they looked was a more common reason

I didn’t like how I looked

You thought it was

I didn’t like how I looked

This was the most common reason - just over 3 in 5 said not liking how they looked was why they were unhappy with a photo of them that someone else posted

They didn’t ask me

You thought it was

They didn’t ask me

Just over 2 in 5 said they were unhappy because the person didn't ask them before uploading it, but not liking how they looked was a more common reason

6. What about what parents post?

2 in 3 told us that their parents post photos of them on social media. But how many told Newsround it made them feel embarrassed?

About 1 in 4

You thought it was

About 1 in 4

Yes, just over 1 in 4 said it made them feel embarrassed. But more than 2 in 5 did say that it made them feel happy or proud, so there are different opinions

Just over half

You thought it was

Just over half

Not quite that many - it was actually just over 1 in 4 that said it made them feel embarrassed when their parents post pictures of them on social media

About 3 in 4

You thought it was

About 3 in 4

Not quite that many - it was actually just over 1 in 4 that said it made them feel embarrassed when their parents post pictures of them on social media

Almost everyone

You thought it was

Almost everyone

Not quite that many - it was actually just over 1 in 4 that said it made them feel embarrassed when their parents post pictures of them on social media

7. Find out more about what you had to say