New Media and Learning

Authored by: Becky Herr Stephenson

The Routledge International Handbook of Children, Adolescents and Media

Print publication date:  May  2013
Online publication date:  July  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415783682
eBook ISBN: 9780203366981
Adobe ISBN: 9781134060559


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“New media” have been defined broadly as information and communication technologies and the practices and contexts associated with their use (Lievrouw and Livingstone, 2006). These new media take diverse forms, for example, images, audio, and video found on the internet, interactive games accessed through mobile devices, or spaces and practices related to sharing one’s media creations. In the United States, youth tend to rank among the heaviest users of certain new media. For example, a 2010 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that young people in between the ages of 8 and 18 in the United States spend an average of more than seven hours per day using media (Rideout et al., 2010). While this statistic includes “old media” such as television, the report notes that such media are often accessed through “new” modes such as mobile or online media. Looking specifically at teens aged 12–17 in the US, the Pew Internet & American Life Project reports that 73 percent of online teens in the US use social network sites (Lenhart et al., 2010) and 27 percent record and upload video to the internet (Lenhart, 2012a). Another Pew study on teens, mobile phones, and texting reports that 23 percent of teens aged 12–17 own a smart phone and the average teen sends about 60 text messages per day (Lenhart, 2012b).

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