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Amanda Lenhart spoke at the National Academies “Health, Safety & Well-Being of Young Adults” Symposium on May 7th in Washington, DC …

Amanda Lenhart spoke at the National Academies “Health, Safety & Well-Being of Young Adults” Symposium on May 7th in Washington, DC http://www.iom.edu/Activities/Children/ImprovingYoungAdultHealth/2013-MAY-07.aspx. Amanda discussed how young adults ages 18-29 use mobile phones and social media and they ways in which this has changed how young people make the transition from childhood to adulthood today

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  • 1. Health, Safety & Well-Being of Young AdultsSymposiumNational AcademiesMay 7, 2013Amanda Lenhart, Senior Researcher, Director ofTeens & TechnologyPew Research CenterYoung Adults, Mobile Phonesand Social Media:Technology and theTransition to adulthood
  • 2. About Pew Internet / Pew Research• Part of the Pew Research Center, a non-partisan “fact tank” inWashington, DC• Studies how people use digital technologies• Does not promote specific technologies or make policyrecommendations• Data for this talk is from nationally representative telephonesurveys of U.S. adults and teens (on landlines and cell phones)12-minute presentation version: We’rethe public opinion, “just the facts”,non-advocacy, non-policy part of thePew universe
  • 3. • Moved from a stationary slow connectivity marked byone way information flows to mobile, social just-in-timeaccess to people and places• Mobile connectivity changes access (and expectations ofaccess) to people and information• Social media is the seamless addition to young adults’social lives• Mobile and Social = Geo-location• More opportunities to have voice be heard, but alsopublic visibility and persistence of misstepsTechnology inflects multiple aspects of lateadolescence
  • 4. 46% of US adults used the internet5% had home broadband connections53% owned a cell phone0% connected to internet wirelessly0% used social network sites_________________________Information flowed mainly one wayInformation consumption was a stationaryactivityInternet Use in the U.S. in 2000Slow, stationary connectionsbuilt around a desktopcomputer
  • 5. 82% of US adults use the internet2/3 have broadband at home88% have a cell phone; 46% are smartphoneusers19% have a tablet computer19% have an e-reader2/3 are wireless internet users65% of online adults use SNSThe Internet in 2012Mobile devices havefundamentally changed therelationship betweeninformation, time and space
  • 6. • Moved from a stationary slow connectivity marked byone way information flows to mobile, social just-in-timeaccess to people and places• Mobile connectivity changes access (and expectations ofaccess) to people and information• Social media is the seamless addition to young adults’social lives• Mobile + Social + Geo-location =• More opportunities to have voice be heard, but alsopublic visibility and persistence of misstepsTechnology inflects multiple aspects of lateadolescence
  • 7. Managing & recording life on the go• 94% of cell owners 18-29 take photos with theirphones• 68% of 18-29 record videos with their phones• 65% of 18-29 do email on their phones• 45% do banking on their mobile phones• Much more likely to engage in “just-in-time”information seeking activities on phone thanolder adults• Substantially more likely to do all these (andmore) on mobiles than older adults
  • 8. • Moved from a stationary slow connectivity marked byone way information flows to mobile, social just-in-timeaccess to people and places• Mobile connectivity changes access (and expectations ofaccess) to people and information• Social media is the seamless addition to young adults’social lives• Mobile + Social + Geo-location =• More opportunities to have voice be heard, but alsopublic visibility and persistence of misstepsTechnology inflects multiple aspects of lateadolescence
  • 9. • Moved from a stationary slow connectivity marked byone way information flows to mobile, social just-in-timeaccess to people and places• Mobile connectivity changes access (and expectations ofaccess) to people and information• Social media is the seamless addition to young adults’social lives• Mobile + Social + Geo-location =• More opportunities to have voice be heard, but alsopublic visibility and persistence of misstepsTechnology inflects multiple aspects of lateadolescence
  • 10. 6/12/2013 15Foursquare – 2009Today, 5% of cell owners“check-in” with their location
  • 11. • Moved from a stationary slow connectivity marked byone way information flows to mobile, social just-in-timeaccess to people and places• Mobile connectivity changes access (and expectations ofaccess) to people and information• Social media is the seamless addition to young adults’social lives• Mobile + Social + Geo-location =• More opportunities to have voice be heard, but alsopublic visibility and persistence of misstepsTechnology inflects multiple aspects of lateadolescence
  • 12. 6/12/2013 18Snapchat
  • 13. • Moved from a stationary slow connectivity marked byone way information flows to mobile, social just-in-timeaccess to people and places• Mobile connectivity changes access (and expectations ofaccess) to people and information• Social media is the seamless addition to young adults’social lives• Mobile + Social + Geo-location =• More opportunities to have voice be heard, but alsopublic visibility and persistence of missteps• HealthTechnology inflects multiple aspects of lateadolescence
  • 14. Amanda LenhartSenior Researcher, Director of Teens &TechnologyPew Research Center’s Internet Projectalenhart@pewresearch.org@amanda_lenhart@pewinternet@pewresearch