Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Internet Good for Teens? And US not getting enough?

Apparently, the geniuses over at the McArthur foundation spent a lot of time studying the internet use of teens and how it affected them.

Surprise: apparently hanging out online isn't really bad for for the under-twenties. In fact it teaches "important social and technical skills." Touble is, the parents (roll eyes) just don't get it. (You can get more on this from the source, or read the study, or, hey, more appropriately: watch it on YouTube

So it's been since the world began: kids hang out together and do weird things, the adults grumble and sputter and it turns out that it really was a good thing "developmentally."
"The social worlds that youth are negotiating have new kinds of dynamics, as online socializing is permanent, public, involves managing elaborate networks of friends and acquaintances, and is always on."
So, if it's good to hang out and geek out on the internet then what about this finding that US kids don't get as much interenet as kids from, say, the Czech Republic...are we falling behind in the geeking out on obscure interests and hanging out with friends on the net competition?

Probably. ;-)

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