socially wired - Cover Story Socially wired Instant...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Cover Story Socially wired Instant messaging and e-mail may dispel inhibitions and can lead to closer friendships for children and teens. But how much is too much? By Amy Cynkar Monitor Staff November 2007, Vol 38, No. 10 Print version: page 47 Parents planning to ground their teenagers at home for their latest antics might want to consider dropping them off at the mall instead. Being away from the computer may put quite a damper on their social life, according to new research suggesting that teens who use the Internet to communicate may have better friendships than those who don't. Results released in April from a study by the Pew Research Center show that 89 percent of teens use the Internet at least once a week, and that 61 percent log on at least daily. And private communications, such as instant messaging (IM) and e-mail, eat up most of the time they spend online. In fact, a 2005 Pew Center report on teens and technology shows that 75 percent of all online teens--about two-thirds of teenagers overall--use IM, and that nearly half of teens use it at least once every day. But how is this popular mode of communication affecting the social development of children and teens? Most teens use the Internet to consolidate their existing social networks, not to make new friends, says Patti M. Valkenburg, PhD, professor of child and media research at the University of Amsterdam. And she says all this frequent online communication may help young people develop more intimate friendships by allowing kids to let go of inhibitions.
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
"The Internet exactly meets the needs of teens who would spend their entire day chatting with friends if they could," Valkenburg says. But this new online candor may also lead some teens--most often those with troubled offline relationships--to make dangerous connections with strangers on the Internet, or engage in online harassment, psychologists say. And as Internet use continues to grow, teens may end up spending more time cuddling up with a glowing computer screen than flirting at the mall, says developmental psychologist Patricia Greenfield, PhD, a
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 06/27/2010 for the course ENG 1010 taught by Professor Shelton during the Spring '10 term at Utah Valley University.

Page1 / 4

socially wired - Cover Story Socially wired Instant...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online