A new study shows digital media, including smartphones and Facebook, is giving teens a sense of belonging and identity. It says teens are hitting developmental milestones on the web. But is that so bad?
Katie Davis, an assistant professor at the University of Washington’s Information School, interviewed 32 adolescents. Her findings appear in the November issue of Journal of Adolesence.
“What they’re doing is different from generations of teenagers from before the digital era, but it comes from the same place of basic developmental needs. It’s just that they’re using different tools to satisfy these needs,” Davis said. She has also conducted a survey of 2,079 teenagers in the past, which showed similar results.