Media in the lives of 8 to 18 year old
Victoria J. Rideout, Ph.D.
Ulla G. Foehr, Ph.D.
Donald F. Roberts, Ph.D. Modern day technological advancements are constantly seen throughout every aspect of
life. Cell phones, portable Internet availability, laptop computers, iPods, mp3 players of every brand, and many other devices, are everywhere. They seem to possess unending possible detriments, but, along with such issues, technology also has positive impacts on today’s youth. In some situations, the Internet and iPod prevent sociability, though in others they may be the cause of increased social activity. Overall, modern technology has the capability to bring people together as well as enhance the social abilities of the today’s youth; however, if used without discretion, can also create a less interactive generation, frequently depending on technology for satisfaction. The immense capabilities of the Internet today are astonishing, and offer many positive opportunities for teens. Primarily, the Internet makes sharing information fast and simple, despite factors that in other cases would prohibit such simple distribution. According to the online media section, “ The continued expansion of highspeed home internet access, the proliferation of
television content available online, and the development of compelling new applications such as social networking and YouTube, have all contributed to the increase in the amount of media young people consume each day. The transfer can happen in seconds. The amazing capability of modern day Internet simplifies teenage life, by providing a way to convey knowledge. Another way in which Internet proves positive is by providing a way to keep in touch with friends and family worldwide, or just across town. The negative effects electronics had on teens vary. From the way teens think of themselves, to the way they act, and how they interact, and many more. One major reason is
Teens can become depressed, not like themselves for who they are because they get cyberbullied Another reason is teens would much Rather be on their phones in an isolated place them interact with people and explore the world. Victoria J Rideout. wrote "Teens have stopped picking up the phone to talk to a family member" Teens would much rather not see the or just text them. It will get harder to interact with people that way because it's easier to say stuff over text then in