Study finds benefit to teens' online habits

Online socializing helps teens' tech and lit skills; Shaq enters the Twitter realm; PC Magazine switches to online format; and more

A recent ethnographic study by the MacArthur foundation called “Living and Learning with New Media,” found that the heavy online socializing common among teenagers can help them develop necessary technological skills and literacy for success in today's world, as well as give them the opportunity to explore their interests and find forms of self expression.

The study was conducted from 2005 until last summer, and involved interviewing 800 teenagers and their parents, and observing the teens' new media use to find out more about their digital habits. It was one element of a $50 million project on digital and media learning which was designed to take a look how digital technologies influence the way teens learn, interact, and participate in civic life.

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