Japanese Youth and Mobile Media Toshie Takahashi, Harvard University, USA, & Rikkyo University, Japan
Digital media are becoming increasingly embedded in young people’s everyday lives, producing new time-spaces for their self-expression, connectivity, and “self-creation” (Takahashi, 2003, 2009, 2010). In Born Digital, young people are described as “Digital Natives” and are shown to share a common global culture, demonstrating certain attributes and experiences in the ways they interact with media and ICT, information itself, with each other, and with other people and institutions (Palfrey & Gasser, 2008). It is a commonly held assumption that the diffusion of new communication technologies has led, along with other develop - ments, to a “downsizing” of the world. An example of this phenomenon can be seen in the way in which young people in the global age share a common culture on YouTube and digital satellite television transnationally. They constantly use mobile phones for immediate communication with their peer group and family and connect with each other beyond time-space via Internet sites such as Face - book and Twitter. However, while we can observe similar uses and experi ences of engagement with mobile phones and the Internet in different places in the world, digital media have also reinforced social norms and cultural tendencies within their specific regions or nations.