Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Teens are more likely to whitelist social media information than in the past (Pew Study)

The Washington Times is reporting, in an article by Annie Z. Lu Wednesday, that teenagers are becoming more savvy in not oversharing on social media. 
Teens are more likely to whitelist information they post than before, and be pickier about who sees it. 
The Washington Times story link is here.  Teens are not too concerned about advertisers who see their posts, but are more aware that schools or employers could be concerned about what they post than they had been before.  They are more likely to unfriend people or block specific users (this can be done with regular websites with “htaaccess” but is not common).

Teens who are actually successful in activities in school (whether sports or drama, music, and the like) are more likely to emphasize “real world” interactions and accomplishments, as these tend to matter more to colleges anyway. 

In one local Arlington VA church, teens use an annual “30 hour fast” time to make short films that could conceivably be entered into real festivals. 
The link for the Pew Study “Teens, Social Media, and Privacy” by Marry Madden. Amanda Lenhard, Aaron Smith, and others is here
In practice, it appears very common now for college students to leave only basic profile information on Facebook open to everyone, and to require approval for Twitter following.  It wasn’t common three years ago. 

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