It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

An essential read, written by a leading expert, for nyone who loves to understand young people 's use of social media

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 buil a sense of identity.

Boyd ’ s conclusions are essential reading not only for parents, students, 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 argues 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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It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens
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Published February 25th 2014 by Yale University Press (first published 2014

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And I know this as someone who understand that teenagers have it tough.I found both Sherry Turkle ’ s Alone Together ( which focuses on society as a whole) and Mark Bauerlein ’ s The Dumbest Generation ( which is th more pessimistic but also th more academically-rooted analysis) more thought provoking than It ’ s Complicated.

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She explores topics such as online privacy and media literacy, that are pertinen to anyone who goes online.Her chapter on using social media sites was my favorite.

Say that anyone can pu a screen shot of your post and share it with anyone.

How many different social contexts ( groups) are intermingling on your FB posts?

It eemed like such a cop out, ignoring this issue.An even more egregious omission is her total avoidance of discussing either porn or sexting in her chapter on internet danger/predators.

hose are the main issues, not the ear that some 40 year old pedophile in his father 's basement is going to kidnap your teen.

I an see her not wanting to get into the whole porn issue- that is book unto itself.

Nevertheless, it 's impacting how people view themselves and others sexually and certainly falls under the category of potential danger.

Boyd really drops the ball here.She redeems herself at the nd, discussing media literacy and the various inequalities between groups of people in terms of their huge variations in tech knowledge.

Other people, not just teens, do n't realiz how to interpret information, how to look for information, how to critically evaluate messages surrounding us, how to spot biases or how to control their personal information.

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he three areas that most intereste me during my reading are boyd ’ s research on the digital divide, online teen behaviour of sexual exploration and her plea for the redefinition of crimes associated with online bullying.

Along the same lines of boyd ’ s fear, Jenkins ( 2007) goes on to say: Talking about digital natives also tends to make hese changes all about digital media rather than encouraging us to think about the full range of media platforms which shape the world around us or for that matter, the complex set of relationships between old and new media that characterize convergence culture.This sentence has been the basis of my learning in the TLDL program at the U of A, where I now nderstand that the crux of my position is to raise the bar for transliteracy for both staff and students.

( King, 2014) A large part of the digital divide that I know teachers are having trouble improving is the use of networked communities to help students.

The anecdotes from boyd ’ s research reassured me that LGBTQ teens are finding each other online and developing supportive communities.

I want that the education system could find or create places, possibly in tandem with social support structures, where teens could create networks to reliable information.

Within boyd ’ s Chapter 5 on Bullying, she references the journalistic research work of Emily Bazelon who covered the case of Phoebe Prince, a teen victim of suicide and reportedly, cyber-bullying.

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Hence, do n't consider th nove to be objective about the internet or social media.The first sign that thi write is strongly tilting in one direction over the other is her views on parents.

It ould n't have been surprising if she had eventually come right out and stated: " Parents need to shut up, back off, buy their kids the best cell phones and tablets and laptops they can afford, and yet be late paying the internet or phone bills. " One can only guess Ms. Boyd 's childhood has deeply influenced her decision to still think and talk like a teenager at times, even though she is ow in her hirties.

One hould also note that the uthor had her first child last year, and, hus, has not been morally or legally responsible for a teenager.Another sign is the way Ms. Boyd would look at th problem with social media in the present and state it is certainl no different from something in the past.

Everyone who is clearly an absolute idiot knows how social media has drastically changed the world of bullying, and created a whole new world of drama never seen before in the past with teenagers.

She spends a great deal of thi book wantin to tell readers how they migh look at the matter of social media.

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Here are a few: • Using social media makes teens vulnerable to bullies and sexual predators.• Many teens are addicted to technology.• The “ digital native ” generation has intuitive expertise in using technology.• The Internet is an equalizer for disenfranchised social groups.• Google is a more reliable source of information than Wikipedia.Using research, interviews, and common sense to tackle these misperceptions, Danah Boyd ’ s It ’ s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens provides thorough, relevant, and fascinating insights into how adolescents actually engage with social media.Guess what? • Teens are no more vulnerable to bullies and sexual predators online than they are offline.• “ Addiction ” isn ’ t an accurate way to describe most adolescent tech usage, and if kids are addicted to anything, it ’ s their friends, not their phones.• Those described as “ digital natives ” may have more familiarity with technology, but they do not nderstand how to use it critically and productively.

In fact, their construction typically reinforces existing social divisions. ” Because adults tend to use technology differently from teens, we blame the phones for causing problems and the kids for being screen-based time-wasters.

Indeed, again, the technology is restricted, causing students to go online without the guidance of teachers.

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You remembe all those media tropes about teeneagers and the internet or teenagers and social media or teenagers and electronic devices? Do n't believe them.Yes, the internet is changing the world.

Much of social media assumes you want to share and you shoul only limit your context through effort- the opposite of real life where making private conversations public takes effort.What do kids or parents do about it?

Limiting kids' access to internet or social tools because of the chance of context collapse is short-sighted, dangerous, and ultimately futile ( just lock your kid in their bedroom until their 18- except that wo n't work either) .So, parents have to do the hard work we 've neve had to do.

Help teens navigate a social world that is new to them and a bit foriegn to us as well.

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O livro de Danah Boyd, " It 's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens ", teve grande impacto quando saiu.

O discurso sobre as tecnologias e os adolescentes nos media e numa grande parte da cultura que se vai produzindo está completamente desfasado da realidade.

” O que nos diz Boyd sobre os Nativos Digitais “ As sociologist Eszter Hargittai has quipped, many “ teens are more likely to be digital naives than digital natives. ” Eszter Hargittai “ Media narratives often suggest that kids today — those who have grown up with digital technology — are equipped with marvelous new superpowers.

he key to understanding how youth navigate social media is to step way from the headlines—both good and bad—and dive into the more nuanced realities of young people. ” E sobre a Identidade e os “ contextos colapsados ” “ Mark Zuckerberg, the foundin of Facebook, is quoted as having said, “ Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity. ” “ Even when teens have a coherent sense of what they deem to be specifi in a uniqu setting, their friends and peers do not necessarily share their sense of decorum and norms. ” “ What makes this especially tricky for teens is that people who hold power over them often believe that they ar right to look, judge, and share, even when their interpretations may be constructed wholly out of context. ” “ A context collapse occurs when people are forced to grapple simultaneously with otherwise unrelated social contexts that are rooted in different norms and seemingly demand different social responses.

These context collapses happen much more frequently in networked publics. ” “ In Iowa, I starte up casually chatting with a teen girl who was working through her sexuality.

Th tension comes up over and over again, particularly with youth who are struggling to make sense of who they are and how they fit into the broader world. ” E ainda sobre privacidade: “ Just because teenagers use internet sites to connect to other people doesn ’ t mean they don ’ t care about their privacy.

Definitely to go ahead and say that teenagers don ’ t like privacy is pretty ignorant and inconsiderate honestly, I know, on the adults ’ part. ” Deixo também algumas conclusões gerais que me parecem sintetizar muito bem todo o espírito do livro: “ It is difficul to make technology the target of our hopes and fear.

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