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Adolescents and Media

Here's What Happened When I Asked My Students to Call Instead of Text

Julie Dobrow | Posted 10.08.2015 | Media
Julie Dobrow

I asked a group of my students to try the Birdwhistell/Goffman experiment a la 2015: for one day, instead of texting the messages they normally would send to their family and friends and classmates, they should call.

Be My Friend: The Staggering Number of Young People's Cell Phone Contacts

Julie Dobrow | Posted 11.22.2014 | Technology
Julie Dobrow

A survey in 2011 by the Pew Research Internet Project found that "the average cell phone user has 664 social ties," but a survey done the same year in Great Britain found that the average person had 152 mobile phone contacts.

'Watching Television' Means Something Different for Today's Kids

Julie Dobrow | Posted 05.14.2014 | Parents
Julie Dobrow

There seems no question that for young people who have all of these different platforms as viewing options, "watching television" is starting to mean different things. And with all of these different ways of consuming televisual content, today's parents and caregivers are presented with some new sets of challenges.

Analyzing Your Media History

Julie Dobrow | Posted 04.09.2014 | Media
Julie Dobrow

Some students wrote prescient essays about how different forms of media had held social significance for them at different points in their childhood.

What Would Amy Ask? Etiquette for Young People in the Age of Cell Phones

Julie Dobrow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Julie Dobrow

The etiquette of cell phone use is an evolving one. When do you leave a message? When you're sitting with a group of friends is it okay to take a call, make a call, text? Are there some messages that it's just not okay to text? We adults are struggling with these questions. But so are the so-called "digital natives."