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  • For teens, the internet can be a lifeline to the outside world
  • For teens, the internet can be a lifeline to the outside world
    Nicolás Zabo Zamorano, Creative Commons (2008) ©
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Why Twitter is just a digital high school

Has social media killed the art of conversation for teens? Not according to author, social media expert and youth researcher danah boyd - who says it's "nothing more than a release valve to changes that have happened in the real world." We caught up with her to learn more.

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According to the internet, social media has killed the art of conversation. It's the reason teens can't make eye contact anymore, why they have the attention spans of goldfish, why they're increasingly reclusive and anti-social. [1] And have you heard about social media addiction? Addicts can "spend six hours or more contributing to the chatter at the expense of time for actual work." [2]

As far as author, social media expert and youth researcher danah boyd is concerned, the internet is being melodramatic. In her latest book, It's Complicated: the social lives ...

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