A teenager told me yesterday that she prefers in-person interactions with friends to Facetime or Snapchat or whatever, especially after a year of Zoom school. Her comment reminded me of the two teenagers a decade ago who explained their intensive online connection with one another to me as a workaround. They wanted to hang out together, but the absence of public spaces hospitable to teenagers without money made it very challenging; technology was the next best thing.

We were preventing teenagers from getting together in public long before Covid.

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