It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

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Yale University Press, Feb 25, 2014 - Social Science - 296 pages
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What is new about how teenagers communicate through services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Do social media affect the quality of teens’ lives? In this eye-opening book, youth culture and technology expert danah boyd uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens' use of social media. She explores tropes about identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bullying. Ultimately, boyd argues that society fails young people when paternalism and protectionism hinder teenagers’ ability to become informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens through their online interactions. Yet despite an environment of rampant fear-mongering, boyd finds that teens often find ways to engage and to develop a sense of identity.

Boyd’s conclusions are essential reading not only for parents, teachers, and others who work with teens but also for anyone interested in the impact of emerging technologies on society, culture, and commerce in years to come. Offering insights gleaned from more than a decade of original fieldwork interviewing teenagers across the United States, boyd concludes reassuringly that the kids are all right. At the same time, she acknowledges that coming to terms with life in a networked era is not easy or obvious. In a technologically mediated world, life is bound to be complicated.
 

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User Review  - jasonli - LibraryThing

An incredibly well-researched, easy-to-read book about teens in the US today, and the way they inhabit internet social networks in their ever more restricted, day-to-day lives. Many unorthodox and surprising insights. A must read. Read full review

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User Review  - Sullywriter - LibraryThing

Boyd's research is extensive but I find nothing revelatory or especially enlightening in it. The quotes she includes from interviews with teens are interesting and insightful. She does a good job ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Identity why do teens seem strange online?
29
2 Privacy why do youth share so publicly?
54
3 Addiction what makes teens obsessed with social media?
77
4 Danger are sexual predators lurking everywhere?
100
5 Bullying is social media amplifying meanness and cruelty?
128
6 Inequality can social media resolve social divisions?
153
7 Literacy are todays youth digital natives?
176
8 Searching for a public of their own
199
teen demographics
215
Notes
221
Bibliography
245
Acknowledgments
267
Index
273
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