It's Complicated

The Social Lives of Networked Teens

By Danah Boyd
(Yale University Press, Hardcover, 9780300166316, 281pp.)

Publication Date: February 2014

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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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.



NPR
Saturday, Mar 1, 2014

Social media star Danah Boyd's new book on teens, It's Complicated, argues that most adults misread and overreact to the online lives of young people. (This story originally aired on Feb. 25, 2014.) More at NPR.org

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NPR
Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014

In the world of social media research, danah boyd is a star. She says most adults misread and overreact to the online lives of teenagers. But as the title of her new book suggests, It's Complicated. More at NPR.org

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