“Twitter is the best and Twitter is the worst.”
This was the response Dr. Marion Underwood, clinical psychologist and University of Texas at Dallas psychology professor, received from one of her 15-year-old daughter’s friends when she asked what the girl thought of the social networking juggernaut.
“I can’t get off of it,” the girl elaborated. “I can’t stop getting on Twitter.”
If these sound like the words of an “addict,” it’s because they (at least kind of) are. Underwood was inspired to take her informal poll after watching the teen in question spend the entirety of her daughter’s birthday party glued to her phone, reading and sending tweets. What’s more, she says that social media can be highly addictive. Millennials are perpetually accused of self-centeredness, but it isn’t self-promotion, in and of itself, that they’re addicted to, Underwood says. It’s the positive reinforcement they receive from peers for doing it. For some teens, however, there’s a source of reinforcement even more addictive—and elusive—than their peers: their favorite celebrities.
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- 21% of couples have felt closer to their spouse/partner because of exchanges they had online or via text message.
- 27% of internet users in a marriage or committed relationship have an email account that they share with their partner.
- 18% of online 18-29 year olds have argued with a partner about the amount of time one of them spent online (compared with 8% of all online couples).
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President Obama on Tuesday announced that technology companies had pledged $750 million in equipment and services that would help connect students to the Internet.
President Barack Obama is announcing commitments from U.S. companies totaling about $750 million to connect more students to high-speed Internet.
In the course of conducting public opinion surveys and demographic analyses, the Pew Research Center found a wide range of data milestones, breakthroughs, peaks and valleys in 2013.
- Just over half (51%) of the public now favors same-sex marriage, while 42% are opposed.
- A majority of Americans (52%) now favor legalizing the use of marijuana.
- A majority agrees the U.S. should mind its own business internationally, the highest measure in nearly a half century of polling.
- The share of Americans saying they do not want their own representative in Congress reelected – 38% – is at its highest point in two decades.
- For the first time, a majority of the public (53%) says that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms.
- 36% of the nation’s young adults ages 18 to 31—the so-called Millennial generation— now live in their parents’ home, the highest share in at least four decades.
- A record 40% of all households with children under the age of 18 include mothers who are either the sole or primary source of income for the family.
- The U.S., which has a total population of 317 million, is now home to a record 40.4 million immigrants.
- A record seven-in-ten (69%) Hispanic high school graduates in the class of 2012 enrolled in college that fall, two percentage points higher than the rate (67%) among their white counterparts.
- The percentage of Americans who say the U.S. plays a more important and powerful role as a world leader than it did 10 years ago has fallen to a 40-year low of just 17%.
- The percentage of American Catholics calling themselves “strong” Catholics is at a four-decade low.
- For the first time since Pew Research Center began tracking smartphone adoption, a majority of Americans now own a smartphone of some kind.
- 50% of the public now cites the internet as a main source for national and international news.
While the online environment can be an exceptional learning environment, it can be a dangerous space for children to engage, explore and play. A new study discovers that parents say a key concern is the fear that their children will meet strangers online, followed closely by exposure to pornography, violent content and bullying.
But a parent’s level of concern for these and other online safety issues varies depending on their racial and ethnic background, researchers learned.
- White parents are the least concerned about all online safety issues;
- Parents of Asian and Hispanic descent are significantly more likely to be concerned about all online safety-related issues;
- Black parents are significantly more concerned than white parents about children meeting harmful strangers or being exposed to pornography, but not about other issues.
Women are more likely to repost images found elsewhere on the web than men.
Educators now have more opportunities to monitor students around the clock as students complain, taunt and sometimes cry out for help on social media. Services to filter and glean what students do on social networks are being offered by several companies, including automated tools to comb through off-campus postings for signs of danger. Whether school officials should or legally can punish children for their online, off-campus speech is an undefined area of the law.
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As a teacher, I believe it’s my job to warn kids about the dangers of being online—and to show them the benefits.
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A new study finds that older men and women who used the Internet are more likely to engage in cancer-preventive health behaviors.
Internet users were found to participate in screening for colorectal cancer, perform physical activities, eat healthier and smoke less compared with those who did not use the internet.