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This talk explores commonly held assumptions about how teens and young adults use technology. Do teens really send that many text messages a day? Is Twitter the next big thing among young adults? Are ...

This talk explores commonly held assumptions about how teens and young adults use technology. Do teens really send that many text messages a day? Is Twitter the next big thing among young adults? Are landlines obsolete? More: http://pewinternet.org/Presentations/2011/Apr/From-Texting-to-Twitter.aspx

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  • Photo used under creative commons license Bully Canary
  • Commonly held beliefs about how teens and adults use the internet – but are they true? False? Or somewhere in between?
  • Mostly true, except Afterworkers & very poor
  • Not quite – three quarters do, but one quarter don’t. Some share.
  • For the top 30+%, yes. But note the 1/5 th of teens who don’t text much. Teens aren’t monolithic.
  • They do, and they call pretty much just like adults, at least in NUMBER of calls. Don’t know duration.
  • True.
  • “ Ooh, breaking da' rules!” by cybertoad used under creative commons http://www.flickr.com/photos/cybertoad/1335178509/
  • Not true.
  • Nope!
  • They’re less concerned, but more likely to take action to protect information.
  • Works both ways – concerned about privacy, know that you are looking at them, evaluating them, but they are also doing the same to you. If you don’t have a strong web presence… two way street.
  • They used to – but do it less now.
  • Photo by arcticpenguin – downloaded from flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/arcticpenguin/3764758138/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Used under creative commons

"How Do [They] Even Do That?" Myths and Facts About the Impact of Technology on the Lives of American Teens "How Do [They] Even Do That?" Myths and Facts About the Impact of Technology on the Lives of American Teens Presentation Transcript

  • “ How Do [They] Even Do That?” Myths & Facts about the impact of technology on the lives of American teens Amanda Lenhart/Pew Internet Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies April 2011 Madison, WI
  • Methods
    • 800 teens ages 12 to 17 and a parent or guardian were contacted by landline or cellular telephone in a nationally representative rdd survey conducted from June to September 2009.
    • 9 focus groups in four cities with middle and high school aged teens (ages 12-18) conducted in June and October 2009
    • Joint project of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and the University of Michigan.
    • Data from adult surveys from Sept 2009 & January 2010
    June 2010
  • Why is this important?
    • Teens are like canaries…
    • … Their enthusiastic and often transgressive use of technology highlights risks to all of us in our use of technology.
    • Not short adults
    • Policy/legal interest
    June 2010 Photo credit: Arno & Louise Wildlife
  • How do they do that – or do they?
    • Commonly held beliefs about teens, young adults and technology:
    • Everyone uses the internet
    • Every teen has a cell phone…
    • … and all teens text unimaginably large numbers of messages a day
    • Teens no longer call anyone on the phone
    • Parents and K-12 schools struggle with management of teens’ phones
    • Teens have been supplanted by older adults on social networks
    • Teens love Twitter
    • Young adults don’t care about privacy, particularly online
    • Teens are active creators of content online
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  • EVERYONE USES THE INTERNET June 2010
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  • EVERY TEEN & YOUNG ADULT HAS A CELL PHONE… May 2010
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  • … AND THEY SEND AND RECEIVE AN UNIMAGINABLY LARGE NUMBER OF TEXTS EVERY DAY. May 2010
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  • TEENS NO LONGER MAKE PHONE CALLS. May 2010
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  • Teens who pay for phone costs are more likely to do more with cell phone 04/11/11
  • PARENTS AND SCHOOLS STRUGGLE WITH MANAGEMENT OF TEENS’ CELL PHONES May 2010
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  • TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS HAVE BEEN SUPPLANTED BY OLDER ADULTS ON SOCIAL NETWORKS 04/11/11
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  • TEENS LOVE TWITTER May 2010
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  • YOUNG ADULTS DON’T CARE ABOUT THEIR PRIVACY, ESPECIALLY ONLINE
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  • Social networking users are curators of content Thinking about the ways you use social networking sites… Do you ever… All SNS users 18-29 30-49 50+ Change the privacy settings for your profile to limit what you share with others online 65 71 62 52 Delete people from your network or friends’ list 56 64 52 42 Keep some people from seeing certain updates 52 58 52 36 Filter updates posted by some of your friends 41 44 43 27 Delete comments that others have made on your profile 36 47 29 24 Remove your name from photos that have been tagged to identify you 30 41 24 16 Post updates, comments, photos or videos that you later regret sharing 12 19 9 4
  • TEENS CREATE A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF CONTENT ONLINE
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  • Final Thoughts
    • Cell phones leap frog connectivity roadblocks for low income, minority teens and adults
    • Teens and young adults are not monolithic – so a multi-pronged approach is prudent
    • Changes suggest a move towards mobile…
    • … but teens and young adults do not always embrace the newest thing
    • Young adults know that people are watching, and are increasingly taking steps to manage their online reputations
    • Difficulties teens have with safety, privacy, audience management are hard for adults, too.
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  • 04/11/11 Amanda Lenhart Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project http ://pewinternet.org @amanda_lenhart photo by arcticpenguin