Today’s free eBook download, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, sheds light on the technological and cultural impacts of social networks on young adults. It’s full of insightful thinking based on research conducted by Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, Research Assistant Professor at New York University, and Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Danah Boyd:
What is new about how teenagers communicate through services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Do social media affect the quality of teens’ lives? In this eye-opening book, youth culture and technology expert danah boyd uncovers some of the major myths regarding teens’ use of social media. She explores tropes about identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bullying. Ultimately, boyd argues that society fails young people when paternalism and protectionism hinder teenagers’ ability to become informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens through their online interactions. Yet despite an environment of rampant fear-mongering, boyd finds that teens often find ways to engage and to develop a sense of identity.
It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens is available as a free PDF download from Boyd’s website. A Kindle version is also available for $11.99 through Amazon, where it currently has 4.5 out of 5 stars from 22 Amazon reviewers.For more free eBooks, check out our 10 Websites to Download Free eBooks list, as well as our Free eBook of the Day archive.
For more on Boyd’s recent SXSW session on teens and social media, head to our sister site SocialTimes.