warnick + youth   27

This Generation Will Be Fine: Why Social Media Won’t Ruin Us
Gary Vaynerchuk: "The problem is that we get scared of everything that we didn’t grow up with; it’s what human beings do. Every new medium brings along a healthy fear that the newest invention will ruin society."
garyvaynerchuk  youth  technology  millennials  socialmedia  optimism  digitalself 
september 2016 by warnick
Fear of Screens
Nathan Jurgenson interrogates Sherry Turkle's work: "Turkle asks imploringly, 'Have we forgot what conversation is? What friendship is?' ... These questions, and the concern behind them, are prevalent because they seem to have an almost intuitive appeal. Who hasn’t wondered about their dependency on digital convenience, on the constant contact and unprecedented visibility on social media? But how intuitive, really, is her claim that we are all broken? That young people, especially, have been made digital subhumans?"
thenewinquiry  nathanjurgenson  sherryturkle  digitalself  youth  technology 
july 2016 by warnick
The Book Test
John Jones suggests a nice method for evaluating panic-driven, anti-technology research and journalism: "[T]he book test, replacing references to technology in opinion pieces like this one with references to books (or some other media), allows us to separate our cultural reactions to emerging technologies from questions of their impact. Making a clear distinction between the two can help us more effectively address both how we want to integrate our screens in our culture and classrooms and to better think about unique impacts of those screens on us as compared to other media."
johnjones  technology  youth  edtech 
july 2016 by warnick
The Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens
Long, fascinating piece by Elspeth Reeve, in the New Republic: "Each social media network creates a particular kind of teenage star: Those blessed with early-onset hotness are drawn to YouTube, the fashionable and seemingly wealthy post to Instagram, the most charismatic actors, dancers, and comedians thrive on Vine. On Facebook, every link you share and photo you post is a statement of your identity. Tumblr is the social network that, based on my reporting, is seen by teens as the most uncool."
tumblr  newrepublic  youth  socialmedia 
march 2016 by warnick
Millennials as Digital Natives: Myths & Realities
Nice overview (and rebuttal) of three big myths about how Millennials use technology, by Kate Meyer at the Nielsen Norman Group.
millennials  digitalnatives  myth  youth  technology 
january 2016 by warnick
Found on Facebook: Empathy
Teddy Wayne, writing in the NY Times, offers a counter-perspective to the idea that technology destroys empathy: "One reason we may condemn social media for its narcissism is because we view it as a monolith, when there are numerous subcategories of its use. There is a great difference, for instance, between posting a dozen selfies at a rooftop party versus linking to a charity’s donation page and writing a personal statement about the cause."
nytimes  empathy  internetculture  youth  sherryturkle  louisck  psychology 
october 2015 by warnick
Sherry Turkle and the pharmacology of phones
Alex Reid responds to Sherry Turkle's latest essay/book: "The loss of empathy and general human connection Turkle describes are moving, and the everyday stories of families sitting around the dining room table separated by screens are familiar. At the same time, you’d almost think we’d left behind some idyllic society of close families, friendships, and self-reflection. That is, you might think that if you weren’t able to remember the 1990s."
alexreid  sherryturkle  youth  digitalculture 
october 2015 by warnick
Why Grandma's Sad
John Herrman responds to a recent NY Times article about kids and screen addiction: "Your grandchildren don’t look up from their phones because the experiences and friendships they enjoy there seem more interesting than what’s in front of them (you). Those experiences, from the outside, seem insultingly lame: text notifications, Emoji, selfies of other bratty little kids you’ve never met. But they’re urgent and real."
children  parenting  youth  addiction  screentime  technology 
august 2015 by warnick
"Teens Hooked on Screens," a New York Times debate
danah boyd: "We’re raising our children in captivity and they turn to technology to socialize, learn and decompress. Why are we blaming the screens?"
technology  addiction  youth  parenting  digitalculture 
august 2015 by warnick
You Are Not a Digital Native: Privacy in the Age of the Internet
Cory Doctorow: "Anyone who pays attention will see that kids do, in fact, care a whole lot about their privacy. They don’t want their parents to know what they’re saying to their friends. They don’t want their friends to see how they relate to their parents. They don’t want their teachers to know what they think of them. They don’t want their enemies to know about their fears and anxieties."
youth  privacy  socialmedia  internetculture  3844 
july 2014 by warnick
Generation Like
Douglas Rushkoff's new FRONTLINE special presents an incredibly depressing view of how commercial culture has co-opted pretty much every aspect of social media.
douglasrushkoff  pbs  frontline  socialmedia  youth  internetculture  video 
march 2014 by warnick
Don't Blame Social Media if Your Teen Is Unsocial. It's Your Fault
Clive Thompson previews danah boyd's new book in Wired: "If you want your kids to learn valuable face-to-face skills, conquer your own irrational fears and give them more freedom. They want the same face-to-face intimacy you grew up with. 'Stranger danger' panic is the best gift America ever gave to Facebook."
clivethompson  wiredmagazine  danahboyd  parenting  youth  socialmedia 
january 2014 by warnick
How to Write the Worst Possible Column About Millennials
Great takedown of one of journalism's worst trends: "By no means should you let the reader think that the Millennial generation is anything more than a uniform blob of rich, self-righteous idleness. If you start with the details—for example, that 80 percent of this generation's parents didn't go to college, or that 60 percent of them grew up in households making less than $50,000 in inflation-adjusted dollars—you'll only confuse people into thinking that not every family buys matching Hanna Andersson pajamas for Christmas."
atlanticmonthly  millennials  journalism  fisking  3844  youth 
december 2013 by warnick
Young People Are Not as Digitally Native as You Think
Another nail in the coffin of the "digital native" myth: "The study, conducted by the Georgia Institute of Technology and the International Telecommunication Union, shows that only 30 percent of people ages 15 to 24 have spent at least five years actively using the Internet, the criterion used to define digital nativism."
digitalnatives  myth  youth  students  3844 
october 2013 by warnick
Technology and the College Generation
NY Times: "'We have this perception that because students are fluent with things like smartphones and downloading music that they are born with chips embedded in them that make them technology wizards,' he said. 'They are no better at managing e-mail than anyone else.'"
nytimes  college  students  digitalnatives  millennials  email  3844  youth 
october 2013 by warnick
The dumbest generation? No, Twitter is making kids smarter
Clive Thompson points to Andrea Lunsford's work as proof that technology has a positive impact on today's students: "[T]echnology doesn’t just make students better writers or more fluent. Digital tools also let them communicate easily with others – their peers, their friends and the world at large. And this, it turns out, can make them even more powerfully motivated to become genuinely (and wittily) literate."
clivethompson  twitter  socialmedia  education  youth  digitalliteracies  3844 
september 2013 by warnick
Can You Actually Teach A Millennial How To Do Social Media?
Forbes report on a new graduate certificate in social media: "[M]illennials don’t have an innate ability to use social media strategically, and just because they can launch a Facebook page blindfolded or create Vine videos in their sleep doesn’t mean they understand business ROI. What tools should they be using? What will advance the interests of their company? What will resonate most with their target audience?"
forbes  socialmedia  millennials  pedagogy  digitalliteracies  3844  youth 
september 2013 by warnick
Can We Stop Worrying about Millennials Yet?
Great comic by Matt Bors: "The only think more lazy than a 20-something is the generational slander that takes place anew every two decades or so to fill column inches and create a new demographic to market to."
youth  comic  millennials 
july 2013 by warnick
Teens, Social Media, and Privacy
The latest report from Pew's Internet and American Life Project: "Teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they have in the past, but they are also taking a variety of technical and non-technical steps to manage the privacy of that information. Despite taking these privacy-protective actions, teen social media users do not express a high level of concern about third-parties (such as businesses or advertisers) accessing their data."
pew  internetculture  youth  privacy  socialmedia  research  3844  digitalself 
june 2013 by warnick
What Really Happens On A Teen Girl's iPhone
It's hard to know how typical this is, but it's horrifying all the same: "'I’ll wake up in the morning and go on Facebook just … because,' Casey says. 't's not like I want to or I don’t. I just go on it. I’m, like, forced to. I don’t know why. I need to. Facebook takes up my whole life.'"
iphone  technology  addiction  youth 
may 2013 by warnick
Every Every Every Generation Has Been the Me Me Me Generation
The Atlantic smacks down Time's terrible, trollish coverstory on Millennials.
atlanticmonthly  youth  narcissism 
may 2013 by warnick
How to Stop the Bullies
Emily Bazelon, in the Atlantic: "In the early days of the Internet, the primary danger to kids seemed to be from predatory adults. But it turns out that the perils adults pose, although they can be devastating, are rare. The far more common problem kids face when they go online comes from other kids: the hum of low-grade hostility, punctuated by truly damaging explosions, that is called cyberbullying."
atlanticmonthly  bullying  socialmedia  youth  onlineadvocacy  digitalself  3844 
february 2013 by warnick
#Me: Instagram Narcissism And The Scourge Of The Selfie
John Paul Titlow: "Some of these images feel a little too intimate. As you scroll through, you start to get the feeling that you're peeking through a window of a world you're not quite supposed to have access to. But mobile and social technology have given us millions of little windows into the worlds of others, so we keep scrolling."
socialmedia  instagram  narcissism  onlineidentity  digitalself  youth 
february 2013 by warnick
Tenth Grade Tech Trends
Josh Miller: "I took some time over the holiday break to ask my sister many, many questions about how she and her friends are using technology. Below I’ve shared some of the more interesting observations about Instragram, Facebook, Instant Messaging, Snapchat, Tumblr, Twitter, and FaceTime. I hope you’ll find them as informative, surprising, and humbling as I did."
joshmiller  medium  socialmedia  youth  trends  digitalself 
january 2013 by warnick
Tenth Grade Tech Trends: My survey data says says rumors of Facebook demise exaggerated, but Snapchat and Instagram real
"It turns out Facebook's doing just fine with the kids these days -- in fact, slightly more of the younger demographic reported using it regularly. But perhaps most impressive was Tumblr topping the list at #1, with 59% of respondents saying they used it regularly."
facebook  tumblr  socialmedia  youth  trends  digitalself 
january 2013 by warnick
Millennials: They Aren’t So Tech Savvy After All
No surprise here: "Even as millennials (those born and raised around the turn of the century) enter college with far more exposure to computer and mobile technology than their parents ever did, professors are increasingly finding that their students' comfort zone is often limited to social media and Internet apps that don’t do much in the way of productivity."
digitalliteracies  millennials  myths  students  youth 
june 2012 by warnick
Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction
Another NY Times piece by Matt Richtel that chronicles the evils of technology: "Students have always faced distractions and time-wasters. But computers and cellphones, and the constant stream of stimuli they offer, pose a profound new challenge to focusing and learning."
technology  culture  distraction  youth  education  pedagogy  edtech 
november 2010 by warnick

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