ABSTRACT

In this book we examine the extent and ways in which new technologies are important in the lives of teenagers. This is a topic that has been frequently discussed in many contexts, too often in terms of unexamined generalities about the young that ignore the complexity and gradually changing nature of their participation in a shared digital culture. Popular discourse about this issue tends to assume a rich and rewarding relationship between young people and the technologies they use, to the extent that they are typically represented as the ideal beneficiaries of the digital era. The book will explore both the distinctive and specific ways in which new technologies do indeed have special meaning for teenagers as a broad group, and the ways in which that meaning varies a great deal for different young people, on occasions resulting in ambivalent and sometimes negative feelings about technology.