Growing Up on Facebook [NYT Mag]


Time spent on FB by age cohort (NYT)

Time spent on FB by age cohort (NYT)


Well, apparently there’s a new reason to fret about social networks.  Will they eliminate teen-agers’ incentive, and opportunity, to grow up?


“For all the discussion Facebook has prompted, its most profound impact may be to alter, even obliterate, conventional notions of the past, to change the way young people become adults.  … [S]omething is drowned in that virtual coffee cup — an opportunity for insight, for growth through loneliness.”

via The Way We Live Now – Growing Up on Facebook –

About Owen Youngman

Professor Emeritus of Journalism and formerly Knight Chair in Digital Media Strategy, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University. Formerly senior vice president/strategy and development and director of interactive media, Chicago Tribune.