Research + News | Topic: Social Communication

Parental Advisory: Platforms Let Parents Monitor Their Children’s Activities

Modern technology presents new challenges for parents, who grapple over how much screen time they should allow their children and the impact of the digital world on their lives. Read the article here.

What Happens In An Internet Minute?

Some statistics from 2016 about how much we do online. View the stats here.

Instagram, Wattpad and YouNow Aren’t Just Apps – For Many Teens, They’re More Than That

Generation Z, the youngest wave of teens shaping the zeitgeist, is finding and building its own supportive, inclusive communities online — ones that stretch far beyond the cafeteria table. Read the article here.

Televiewing Predicts Social Impairment During Adolescence

Young children who watch too much television are at risk of victimization and social isolation, and adopting violent and antisocial behavior toward other students at age 13, new research indicates.

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Millennials Would Rather Delete Their Main Calling App Than Snapchat

Millennials hate calling on the phone so much that they’d rather delete their main phone app altogether than lose Snapchat. Read the article here.

It’s Good To Talk? Actually, No, I’ll Send You A Message, Say Mobile Phone Users

Almost one in three respondents in a major survey claimed they had not made any standard voice calls on their handsets in the last week. Read the article here.

Like. Flirt. Ghost: A Journey Into the Social Media Lives of Teens

For teenagers these days, social media is real life, with its own arcane rules and etiquette. Writer Mary H. K. Choi embedded with five high schoolers to chronicle their digital experiences. There’s twin sisters Lara and Sofia in Atherton, California; Ahmad in New Haven, Connecticut; Mira in San Francisco; and Ubakum in Houston. As with most teens, they’re elusive creatures. Read the full article here.

Facebook’s New Teens-Only App Lifestage Turns Bios into Video Profiles

“What if I figured out a way to take Facebook from 2004 and bring it to 2016? What if every field in your profile was a full video?” asks Facebook’s 19-year-old product prodigy Michael Sayman. The answer is Lifestage, a standalone iOS app for people 21 and under, which Facebook is launching… Read the full article here.

Australian Teen on the Run Asks News Station to use Better Photo

Can you at least use a better picture?

An Australian teen on the run from police wasn’t pleased when she saw a local news station using an unflattering photo of her on social media. Read the full article here.

Parents’ Smartphones Harming Children’s Ability to Hold Conversation, Say Teachers

Parents’ immersion in smartphones has left some neglected children starting primary school unable to hold conversations, new research warns. Read the article here.