Monday, February 9, 2009
Electronic resources and time-sinks of the young and the restless
"The internet giveth and taketh away"
In terms of giveth, I was wondering if readers had any reaction to this site for teens: "That's not cool" -- advice on how to navigate the electronic social world.
Topics include "where do you draw your digital lines" and "call out cards" (some of these are pretty mean -- are they jokes?)
In terms of taketh away, a sophomore writes about pulling the plug on Facebook. College kids tell me about feeling hurt when a friend greets them in real life with "What's up?" -- the immediate implication is that the friend doesn't know they just broke up with a bf or came out as gay -- with the consequent feeling of rejection: they're not even reading my FB page.