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75 Percent of Homeless Youth Use Social Media, Study Indicates - NPQ – Nonprofit Quarterly - Promoting an active and engaged democracy. 9/7/12 5:49 PM Log in to NPQ SUBSCRIBE TODAY!SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 Username •••••••• Remember Me LOG IN Forgot password or username? Need an account? Register now HOME NEWS POLICY/SOCIAL CONTEXT PHILANTHROPY GOVERNANCE/VOICE MANAGEMENT OPINION DONATE MAGAZINE NPQ Newswire: Pakistan Reportedly Expelling Six Save the Children Workers SEARCH Kickstarter, Donor Refunds and Other Crowdfunding QuestionsPOLICY/SOCIAL CONTEXT The Digital Edition of the NONPROFIT QUARTERLY Is Now Online75 Percent of Homeless Youth Use SocialMedia, Study Indicates CONNECT WITH NPQWRITTEN BY AINE CREEDON CREATED ON THURSDAY, 06 SEPTEMBER 2012 13:49 email print recommend tweet this GET NPQ IN YOUR INBOX linked in Select your free newsletters * google+ Newswire: A daily digest of the most compelling stories. View sample » comment Editors Notes: A weekly message from Editor in Chief Ruth McCambridge. View sample » Cohen Report: Rick Cohen on nonprofits, policy, and politics. View sample » We wont sell or disclose your info without permission. * Type your e-mail and press enterSeptember 3, 2012; Source: WiredResearchers from the University of Alabama and the National Science Foundation have recently released astudy in Computers in Human Behavior titled “The homeless use Facebook?! Similarities of social networkuse between college students and homeless young adults.” The study observes social media usage amongyoung adults and finds that 75 percent of the homeless youth surveyed are actively using social media. Thestudy included 237 college students and 65 homeless young adults (average age: 19) in shelters. The collegestudents reported a higher regular use of social networking (with 90 percent saying they use social mediaregularly), but overall, the usage between the two groups was extraordinarily similar.The lead author of the report, the National Science Foundation’s Rosanna E. Guadagno, says, “Since it isclear that the proportions of undergraduates and homeless young adults accessing social networking siteshttp://www.nonprofitquarterly.org/policysocial-context/20955-75-percent-of-homeless-youth-use-social-media-study-indicates.html Page 1 of 3
75 Percent of Homeless Youth Use Social Media, Study Indicates - NPQ – Nonprofit Quarterly - Promoting an active and engaged democracy. 9/7/12 5:49 PMare similar, we assert that the term ‘digital divide’ is not descriptive of the young adult population.”The article in Wired points to recent research by the U.K.’s Office for National Statistics which indicates thatthe digital divide is, to some extent, affected by age. According to Wired’s paraphrasing of the U.K. research,“as of the first quarter of 2012 the internet participation rate remains at least around 90 percent up until the45-55 age group, but then drops sharply, with only 27.4 percent of those over 75 having ever gone online.Studies such as the University of Alabama one seem to indicate that age remains the most significantsignifier that someone may not have the access to the web that they could.”Does this study seem to reflect the experience of people working with homeless youth elsewhere? And if so,how have you adapted your programs to make use of social media? –Aine CreedonTerms: Case Studies, Inequality, Newswire, Social Media, Technology, Youth < Prev Article Next Article >ADD COMMENT Comment as a guest or LoginPLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW TO SEND YOUR COMMENTYOUR NAME (WILL APPEAR NEXT TO COMMENT) *YOUR EMAIL (WILL NOT BE DISPLAYED FOR CONTACT WITH EDITORIAL ONLY) *ADD YOUR COMMENT WRITE FOR NPQSubscribe to None Send Us a Tip Pitch a Story / Talk to a Journalist Type the code shown * Become a Newswire Contributor SUBMIT COMMENT MORE IN POLICY/SOCIAL CONTEXT Do Nonprofits Have “Unfair Advantage” That 1 COMMENT Justifies PILOTs? Pakistan Reportedly Expelling Six Save the Children WorkersMATTHEW HERSH 32 HOURS AGO REPLY QUOTE FLAG FOR ABUSE (0) VOTE Indiana Gets in on Nonprofit Specialty License Plate Debate The term "digital divide" does not begin and end with social media use. Its about having 24-7 access to a computer, 75 Percent of Homeless Youth Use Social Media, developing fundamental computer skills, and being given a chance to compete on an equal playing field in the Study Indicates workforce and in school. How Nonprofits Are Used for Political Donorhttp://www.nonprofitquarterly.org/policysocial-context/20955-75-percent-of-homeless-youth-use-social-media-study-indicates.html Page 2 of 3