Social Media May Have Positive Effect On Teens

The cover of "It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens" by Danah Boyd. (Yale University Press)

The cover of “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens” by Danah Boyd. (Yale University Press)

Raising teenagers in a networked world can be a big challenge for many parents. Many worry about cyber-bullying and online predators, as well as how social media affects teen behavior and development.

But a new book argues that the Internet and social media sites may not be as bad or dangerous for teens as many parents think.

Danah Boyd spent eight years talking to teenagers across the country to get a better understanding of why and how they use social media. The answers may surprise you.

That’s the argument anyway in a new book out tomorrow called “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens.”


Danah Boyd, principle researcher at Microsoft Research and a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. She will be signing copies of her book at the Harvard Book Store Tuesday night.

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