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MySpace keeps teens connected

Alexa Flower
Vail, CO Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Vail DailyBattle Mountain High School junior Jamie Roberts browses on MySpace Wednesday in her home.
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EAGLE-VAIL ” Jamie Roberts uses http://www.myspace.com to keep in touch with her old “downvalley” friends.

“I transferred to Battle Mountain from Eagle Valley my freshman year, so I don’t see a lot of my Eagle Valley friends as often. MySpace keeps us close and updated on each other’s lives” says Roberts, a junior at Battle Mountain High School.

MySpace is a free service that uses the Internet for online communication and is becoming increasingly popular. You can make your own homepage, and personalize it with a song, background, photos and video to make it fit your personality.

Students at Battle Mountain with siblings who have gone off to college and friends who have moved away are using MySpace to keep in touch.

“My brother just moved away to college this fall. It’s easy between our busy schedules to keep in touch through MySpace,” Roberts says. “With MySpace you can keep in touch with more than one person very easily, whereas phone, mail, and e-mail are inconvenient or time consuming.”

Students say they can express themselves better through their MySpace pages.

“MySpace is the new thing, I get to show my true self by customizing it,” says Rudy Ybarra, a sophomore at Battle Mountain High School. “I have a Denver Nuggets background and short video, a playlist of my favorite songs and artists, a slideshow of pictures of me and my friends, and my top friends.”

Other students are using the Internet feature to manage their social schedules.

“It’s easy for me and my friends from my old school to make weekend plans. I think I’m getting addicted,” says Samantha Romero, who just transferred to Battle Mountain High School from Eagle Valley, as well.

In fact, Roberts says MySpace has replaced other means of communication.

“If I didn’t have MySpace, I don’t think I would keep in touch with my long-distance friends because everyone is so busy, e-mail gets boring, and you never know if they’ll be able to chat,” Roberts says. “But MySpace is more, it’s the next step in communication. It’s like creating your own Web site. I love it!”

Alexa Flower is a Battle Mountain High School junior and an intern for the Vail Daily.


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