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The Young and the Digital: What the…

The Young and the Digital: What the Migration to Social Network Sites,…

by S. Craig Watkins

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Not an entirely bad read. There were some valid points about the growth of technology and how young'uns are completely immersed in the world of technology. Watkins covers various aspects of technology, and one part that I found interesting was the advent of social networking sites with college students. Particularly, many students found themselves completely wasting their time with technology, and then later realizing that they could have done other things with their time. No surprise, right?

However, there's one thing about this observation that is lacking, and that's the group of people who are completely opposite from this first group. Many people do in fact find Facebook and Myspace and FaceSpace to be completely time consuming, and so they ignore it altogether. But wait...that's not all. They're completely enamored by the Bohemian lifestyle that they ignore all forms of technology that they become completely unreachable. Not to say that this is not as commendable desire, but there is a fine line that people should watch out for (unless, of course, they really want to be a recluse and cut off all contact with friends and family and the IRS).

Technology has its merits, but it also has its pitfalls. The same with alcohol. And with many other things in life. It's how we choose to use these things in life. Do we want a balance? Or do we want to succumb to our desires and play WoW nonstop until we keel over from exhaustion? Take a read if you're interested in learning a few facts, but I can't say there are any great revelations from this piece. Enjoy it as you will. ( )
  jms001 | Jun 14, 2015 |
An important book for those who want insight into the GenX and Millenial worlds and their modes of communicating and interacting socially; convinced me that I am a dinosaur (a boomer) who really doesn't know anything about how the young and the digital see life, but certainly gave me important insights ( )
  ThorneStaff | Nov 2, 2009 |
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In The Young and the Digital, S. Craig Watkins skillfully draws from more than 500 surveys and 350 in-depth interviews with young people, parents, and educators to understand how a digital lifestyle is affecting the ways youth learn, play, bond, and communicate. Timely and deeply relevant, the book covers the influence of MySpace and Facebook, the growing appetite for “anytime, anywhere” media and “fast entertainment,” how online “digital gates” reinforce race and class divisions, and how technology is transforming America’s classrooms. Watkins also debunks popular myths surrounding cyberpredators, Internet addiction, and social isolation. The result is a fascinating portrait, both celebratory and wary, about the coming of age of the first fully wired generation. 

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Timely and deeply relevant, The Young and the Digital covers a host of provocative issues?the influence of social sites like MySpace and Facebook; the growing appetite for anytime, anywhere media and fast entertainment; how online digital gates reinforce race and class divisions; how technology is transforming America?s classrooms?and takes a fresh look at the pivotal role technology played in the historic 2008 election. Watkins also debunks popular myths surrounding cyberpredators, Internet addiction, and social isolation.… (more)

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