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It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

by danah boyddanah boyd
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“boyd’s new book is layered and smart . . . It’s Complicated will update your mind.”—Alissa Quart, New York Times Book Review
“A fascinating, well-researched and (mostly) reassuring look at how today's tech-savvy teenagers are using social media.”—People
“The briefest possible summary? The kids are all right, but society isn’t.”—Andrew Leonard, Salon
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300199000
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 269,600
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

preface ix

introduction 1

1 identity why do teens seem strange online? 29

2 privacy why do youth share so publicly? 54

3 addiction what makes teens obsessed with social media? 77

4 danger are sexual predators lurking everywhere? 100

5 bullying is social media amplifying meanness and cruelty? 128

6 inequality can social media resolve social divisions? 153

7 literacy are today's youth digital natives? 176

8 searching for a public of their own 199

appendix: teen demographics 215

notes 221

bibliography 245

acknowledgments 267

index 273

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