That statement, by Forbes writer David Martin, is and isn't true, I think. It's Martin's explanation for why, as reported last week, "for a second month in a row Facebook is losing users in the US, Britain and Canada" (I think PC Magazine had a better set of explanations, but it's all speculation; the BBC had Facebook's response). Of course we know that one of the tasks of adolescence is to push … [Read more...] about In FB, ‘kids don’t want to be friends with their parents’?
So Amina Arraf, "gay girl in Damascus," was actually a straight man from Georgia, USA, living in Scotland. "We could not make this up," wrote reporter Monica Hesse in the Washington Post. But regardless of how many similar Internet fictions she points to and how great her writing is, this is very unlikely to be your children's Internet, parents – just enjoy the story. How can I say that? Because … [Read more...] about You know that’s not your child’s Internet, right?
It's symptomatic to me that the headline – "Logging Off: The Internet Generation Prefers the Real World" – contradicts the story. Symptomatic of the conclusions or pronouncements to which many of us adults, including editors (who write the headlines), so quickly jump, where young tech users are concerned. The Der Spiegel story, by Manfred Dworschak, tells of 17-year-old Jetlir in Cologne, one … [Read more...] about The Net to youth: No big deal