A teenager’s perspective on how he uses different social networks is useful, but sociologist danah boyd warns that generalizing about what this means for all teenagers inevitably marginalizes some users who may be worth listening to
After a frenzy of media attention focused on a global social-networking study that said Facebook was “dead and buried” for younger users, the study’s author qualifies his comments — and takes some of the blame for the flaws in the viral story
We’ve heard it a million times — teens are leaving Facebook. But even if it’s true that teens are frustrated by the platform, it’s not clear that they’re actually, truly departing. Here’s why.
Think you can send content on your smartphone that won’t appear elsewhere? Evidence that your Snapchat videos can be retrieved without notifying the sender comes as further proof what people in the digital age are realizing — true online privacy can be hard to come by.
HarperCollins has launched Epic Reads, a digital community designed to connect readers with HarperTeen authors and books. But this is not a retail site.
When Britain’s teenagers aren’t rioting, they’re spending their time ogling each other on a hot website that’s just scored significant investment from a Canadian web mogul. But can Snog.com turn itself into something useful — or will it fade into obscurity?
U.S. teenagers have quadrupled their mobile data usage, according to Nielsen, a sign that the traditional power texters are now ready to become serious mobile Internet users. Teens used 62 megabytes in the second quarter of this year, compared to just 14 MB last year.
Juntoons: the latest entry into the new frontier of semi-surreptitious online movie marketing, or legit fan fiction? Thrillingly weird mashup of sex ed and Adult Swim, or questionable propaganda designed to cover Fox Searchlight’s butt for releasing a film that implicitly condones unsafe teen sex?
I wish I knew the answers to those questions. After watching the eight Juntoons currently online, here’s what I can tell you: They’re a series of animated shorts produced for and distributed solely on YouTube and MySpace, incorporating recognizable characters, themes and narrative strands from the hugely hyped teen sex dramedy Juno. The Juntoons have been released into the world with no visible studio branding or direct link to the movie or distributor’s web site, but they seem way too slick to be the work of an actual fan of the film — especially considering that the movie has been in theaters for less than two weeks, and on less than 50 screens across a handful of cities.