Year 9, Book 37

37. It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by danah boyd

danah boyd has been researching the way teens use social media for many years. She pulls much of her research together in this book examining how teenagers use social media and how it compares to the ways teenagers interacted in the past. She argues that ultimately the tools may have changed, but in reality the way relationships and interactions are very still very similar to those prior to the existence of social media. As such she points to the problems related to fear-mongering about social media and the limitations placed on teenagers’ use of social media as a result. I thought it was an interesting book, and though I can definitely say I am glad I was a teenager before social media was a thing. I give it a 7 out of 10.

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