Saturday, March 1, 2014

It's complicated : the social life of networked teens

It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked TeensIt's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by Danah Boyd
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The title sums up the content really well. It is an entertaining and evidence based approach exploring how US teenagers use social media. The information is from research over several years. The specific social media may have changed (Myspace is frequently referenced) but the principles remain the same. It is significant that it is US based research, some of the issues explored will look a little different in other countries. It is a fast read, and people working with teenagers (as well as parents) could benefit from reading it. There are helpful references to other associated research. It is a fast paced and engaging read. Many of the elements of the work may be able to be extrapolated to other use of social media.

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