Hanging Out Online is a Good Thing

A study from the MacArthur Foundation has found teenagers spending time online is essential for them to learn skills necessary in the digital age.  The researchers spent three years interviewing over 800 young adults and their parents, and over 5,000 hours observing teens in popular social networking sites.  Among their findings:

  • As opposed to adults, teenagers understand the social value of being online and are motivated to participate.
  • Spending time online is not wasteful, but allowing them to learn the social and technical skills that will be needed to fully participate in contemporary society.
  • Teenagers are motivated to learn from each other than from adults.
  • Teenagers, although they use the Internet a great deal socially, do not take full advantage of its learning opportunities

[from New York Times]

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