It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

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by danah boyd
     
 

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What is new about how teenagers communicate through services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Do social media affect the quality of teens’ lives? In this eye-opening book, youth culture and technology expert danah boyd uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens' use of social media. She explores tropes about identity, privacy, safety, danger, and

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What is new about how teenagers communicate through services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Do social media affect the quality of teens’ lives? In this eye-opening book, youth culture and technology expert danah boyd uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens' use of social media. She explores tropes about identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bullying. Ultimately, boyd argues that society fails young people when paternalism and protectionism hinder teenagers’ ability to become informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens through their online interactions. Yet despite an environment of rampant fear-mongering, boyd finds that teens often find ways to engage and to develop a sense of identity.

Boyd’s conclusions are essential reading not only for parents, teachers, and others who work with teens but also for anyone interested in the impact of emerging technologies on society, culture, and commerce in years to come. Offering insights gleaned from more than a decade of original fieldwork interviewing teenagers across the United States, boyd concludes reassuringly that the kids are all right. At the same time, she acknowledges that coming to terms with life in a networked era is not easy or obvious. In a technologically mediated world, life is bound to be complicated.

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THE - Paul Bernal

‘My favourite work book this year is danah boyd’s It’s Complicated. Myth-busting, assumption-challenging and eye-opening, it brings real evidence to a crucial field. Well written, academically rigorous and enjoyable, it makes important points for adults as well as teens.’—Paul Bernal, THES.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300166439
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/25/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
223,781
File size:
414 KB

Meet the Author

danah boyd is Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, Research Assistant Professor at New York University, and Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. She lives in New York City.

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It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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BLUEFISH99 More than 1 year ago
This book is about social lives of networked teens, social media and how it affects them on a daily basis, its seems fashion, smart phones are all the rage at the moment, only phones are not being used for text messaging and calling but now for sending out photos  and videos, sharing with friends all over the internet and media sites such as Facebook,Twitter, using Apps and Myspace, they say if your not on Myspace you dont exist. It seems teens have an avid fascination with all social media sites, not realising they can be harmful especially if you have had some photos take which you would rather not share. Nowadays teens think they can do anything online without problems ensuing but you only have look at the number of teens who have committed suicide because of internet trolls.