Tubefilter: Half Of Teens Turn To YouTube For News, Preferring Influencers Over Traditional News Organizations (Study). “A new study has confirmed the irrefutable power of YouTube. The poll, conducted by survey software company Survey Monkey and child education nonprofit Common Sense, found that today’s teens are turning away from traditional news organizations to find out about current events from online influencers on social media platforms like YouTube.” Then I think about all the current issues stemming from YouTube’s recommendation systems and I get straight-up nauseated.
CNN: Social media use may harm teens’ mental health by disrupting positive activities, study says. “Social media use has been linked to depression, especially in teenage girls. But a new study argues that the issue may be more complex than experts think.”
CNET: More time on social media linked to increase in teenage depression, study finds. “For years, experts have pointed a finger at phones as a possible factor in depression and other mental health problems. A study published Monday from researchers at Montreal’s Sainte-Justine Hospital found that increased social media and TV use predicts an increase in symptoms of depression in teenagers. “
MakeUseOf: 5 Sites to Find DIY Crafts and Projects for Kids and Teens. “Whether you’re the parent of a teen or a younger child, you need to complement their book-based education with hands-on projects. These free websites have a collection of DIY crafts and projects for kids of all ages.”
UnDark: No, You’re Not Addicted to Social Media. “It has become commonplace for media outlets to talk about this dark side of technology using the language of addiction. In a Washington Post op-ed earlier this year, for instance, psychologist Doreen Dodgen-Magee called on mental health professionals to recognize the bleak reality of ‘tech addiction.’ In his New York Times column, Kevin Roose wrote about his ‘phone problem,’ and how it had broken his brain. Parents and teens often signal their unhappiness with the amount of time spent online by framing the issue as smartphone addiction. But to me, the confession from the girl in the Philadelphia coffee shop did not sound like that of a social media addict. “
AdAge: Fortnite emerges as a social media platform for Gen Z. “Fortnite’s audience remains much smaller than Facebook and YouTube, which each have roughly 2 billion users. Still, the game isn’t that far off from Twitter and its 330 million members. And Fortnite enthusiasts are extremely loyal: Those between the ages of 10 to 17 and who play the game at least once a week spend 25 percent of all of their free time playing Fortnite, higher than any other form of entertainment, according to the NRG report.”
TechCrunch: Yubo is a social network about socializing. “Meet Yubo, a French startup that wants to make social networks a bit more… social. Yubo is an app designed for teenagers, and it’s all about meeting people, making new friends and belonging to a community.”