Working with young people for a living, we all tend to have a sense of the trends in social communication. The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project has been studying these trends and measuring teenagers communication patters. In October I had the pleasure of meeting with the brilliant Amanda Lenhart, Senior Research Specialist, Pew Internet & American Life Project. She discussed her research on teens and mobile communication: Teens, Cell Phones and Texting. On April 9th, 2011 you will have the opportunity to hear from Kristen Purcell of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and Kimberlee Salmond of the Girl Scout Research Institute. While many camp directors will be at the national American Camp Association Conference in San Diego next week, you may want to make time to review the slides and sign-up for the free webinar held Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 2–3 p.m. EST.
Quiz: Can you figure out which statement below is False: A, B, or C? These stats are from study. (answer)
A) Ninety-three percent of teens use the Internet, and more than three-quarters of these teens use social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace.
B) Girls tend to downplay several positive characteristics of themselves online, like their smartness, kindness, and efforts to be a good influence.
C) Only 32% of girls would give up all their social networking friends to keep their best in-person.