Study: Parents and teens who connect on social media enjoy relationship benefits Modified: July 18, 2013 at 6:40 pm •  Published: July 18, 2013

It’s often dreaded but practically inevitable these days: a friend request from Mom or Dad.

But a new study shows that teens who are “friends” with their parents on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram may actually feel closer in real life.

The study, which was conducted by Brigham Young University and published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking last Thursday, involved 491 families in the Seattle area that were asked to answer a questionnaire on their social media use, feelings of connection and behaviors resulting from that.

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