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The Changing Portrayal of Adolescents in the Media Since 1950$
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Patrick Jamieson and Daniel Romer

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195342956

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342956.001.0001

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Adolescents and the Internet

Adolescents and the Internet

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The Changing Portrayal of Adolescents in the Media Since 1950

Linda A. Jackson

Oxford University Press

Although access to the Internet in U.S. and U.K. schools is almost universal, home Internet access is not. Large proportions of U.S. adolescents still do not use the Internet at all, and while there is no longer a gender gap, men use it more for commercial transactions, and women for social connections. The digital divide between those who do and do not have access could exacerbate inequalities and further divide people by education, race, and class. Concerns have also arisen about the dangers of excessive Internet use on youth. Although there is little evidence of the Internet benefiting adolescents' cognitive development, many of the negative social effects (e.g. cyberbullying) may be limited to those who are already depressed, anxious, or withdrawn. Nevertheless, many of the fears associated with increased Internet use have not materialized.

Keywords:   adolescents, youth, Internet, digital divide, social connections

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