Spin Southwest: Ireland’s Biggest Book Festival For Young Adults Goes Digital. “Ireland’s biggest & most exhilarating arts festival for Young Adults, in association with Listowel Writers Week, is set to go on line – 24th, 25th & 26th November. Festival organiser Helen Lane spoke to Louise on Spin Now this morning. Ireland’s young adults are in for a treat – an exciting festival line-up of poets, motivational speakers, fiction writers, singers, film-makers and journalists sharing the best of literature across secondary schools nationwide.” The festival is free.
Phys .org: More than half of young Americans live with parents. “Just over half of young adult Americans live with their parents, an unprecedented proportion that is doubtless linked to the coronavirus but also reflects a deeper trend, researchers said Friday. Between February and May, the share of 18-29 year-olds living with at least one parent rose from 47 percent to 52 percent and stayed at that level through July.”
Washington Post: Despite pandemic, young bar patrons say they want to keep on partying. “Last week, the governors of Maryland and Virginia raised concerns about enforcement of pandemic rules, such as masks and social distancing, at bars and restaurants — with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) noting in a letter to county officials that the coronavirus positivity rate among Marylanders under 35 is on the rise.”
Bloomberg Quint: Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx Are Diving Into Social Media to Reach Young Adults. “President Donald Trump’s evening virus briefings have been a big TV ratings hit, but missing from that audience is a critical demographic: the younger generation of people who tuned out of broadcast and cable television a long time ago. So Trump’s top public health officials, Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx, are going where young people go — to social media, podcasts, online video and TV talk shows that draw diverse viewers, such as those of Trevor Noah and Showtime personalities Desus and Mero.”
Refinery29: How An Unlikely Instagram Trend Is Bringing Together Gen Z, Boomers, & Everyone In Between. “At the top of a new decade, slime is more than just a toy or an Instagram trend. It has the potential to be a fixture in trendy offices and bedside tables everywhere. But it has a long way to go: Slime sellers will tell you their customers on Etsy are mostly parents looking to feed the habits of their 8 to 12-year olds. But the people behind Instagram’s many slime accounts say that it’s teenagers and young adults who make up the bulk of slime’s online audience.”
Phys .org: Instagram’s virtual features have real relationship benefits. “Young adults say that Instagram helps them develop friendships in real life, especially those who are more hesitant to try new experiences, according to a recent study by Washington State University researchers.”
Oak Leaf News: When we post the past: How social media shapes identity. “[Issac] Young, 20, an audio engineering student at Santa Rosa Junior College, is among the many individuals who are now able to use apps like Instagram and Snapchat as digital, self-curated memory books. An entire generation has grown up on social media, and each member has a viewable recorded history online.”
Earth. com: Young Americans are posting on social media while high and regretting it later. “In a new study led by the NYU College of Global Public Health, experts have found that people often text, use social media, and post pictures while under the influence of drugs and regret it later. The research is shedding new light on the social damage linked to substance abuse that is often overlooked in health risk assessments.”
Search Engine Land: Younger users rely on snippets and knowledge panel, often don’t click, survey says. “A new consumer survey about Google SERP engagement, from Path Interactive , finds organic search results still dominate user attention but younger searchers are more inclined to look to content in Featured Snippets and the Knowledge Panel without clicking through to third-party sites. This phenomenon has been dubbed ‘no-click’ search results and is a worrying trend for many publishers.”
EurekAlert: Open science and data initiative announced for neurofibromatosis . “The Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF), together with the Neurofibromatosis Therapeutic Acceleration Program (NTAP) and Sage Bionetworks (Sage), has announced the first-ever open data portal for scientific research results in the field of neurofibromatosis (NF).”
The Verge: Young People Still Love Twitter — As Screenshots On Instagram. “As social media platforms grow more popular, younger audiences tend to flee in search of newer alternatives. This generation is no different. Pew Research Center recently reported that fewer teenagers than ever are using platforms like Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr. But that doesn’t mean that younger users are finished with the content from those sites altogether. Instead, Instagram — still hugely popular as a place to post glossy, aspirational images of your vacation, your coffee, or gratuitous selfies — has grown into a home away from home to consume screenshots of the best content from those services.”
Reuters: Good social media experiences don’t outweigh bad ones for young adults. “For young adults, the adverse effect of negative social media experiences on mental health outweigh any potential benefits of positive experiences, a study of university students suggests. Each 10 percent increase in a student’s negative experiences on social media was associated with a 20 percent increase in the odds of depressive symptoms, researchers found.”
Phys.org: How life online influences young people. “Young people spend a lot of their time online. Even so, we still know very little about how this intensive use of social media influences their development. Brain researcher and Spinoza Prize winner Eveline Crone from Leiden University and media psychologist Elly Konijn (VU) describes what the research has already generated in terms of usable information and what kinds of urgent questions have to be answered. The study is published in Nature Communications.”
From Dina Chang at Iowa State University: Gratifications associated with Snapchat usage among young people: Uses and gratifications analysis. “Social media has become an everyday media diet for media users, especially young generations. Previous studies have focused on the use of Facebook and Twitter, but there is a dearth of research on newer social media such as Snapchat despite its fast growth and adoption in recent years. This study applies the uses and gratifications approach to Snapchat in order to identify what activities younger users are likely to do while using Snapchat, to investigate what kinds of gratifications are associated with Snapchat usage among young people, as well as to test whether there are gender differences in gratifications of Snapchat usage.”
The Whole Megillah: Holocaustkidlit.com Goes Live | Online Searchable Database of Children’s Holocaust Literature. “Yesterday at Hebrew Union College in New York City at the annual conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries, I announced and demonstrated the debut of Holocaustkidlit.com, a new website featuring an online searchable database of children’s Holocaust literature published in the United States and Canada from 2002 forward (excluding self-published and educational titles).” It looks like access is free.