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.”
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.”
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.”
South China Morning Post: Social media: Asia’s new battleground between youth movements and state control of fake news. “Pro-democracy movements in Southeast Asia grappling with limited freedom of speech have found a new battleground in social media, but the rise of authoritarian policies on online platforms may curtail the effectiveness of such efforts, regional analysts say.”
EurekAlert: How you lock your smartphone can reveal your age: UBC study . “Older smartphone users tend to rely more on their phones’ auto lock feature compared to younger users, a new UBC study has found. They also prefer using PINs over fingerprints to unlock their phones.” Guilty, though I use PINs instead of fingerprints because I think fingerprint security is bullshit.