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Plugged InHow Media Attract and Affect Youth$
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Patti M. Valkenburg and Jessica T Piotrowski

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300218879

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300218879.001.0001

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Social Media

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Patti M. Valkenburg

Jessica Taylor Piotrowski

Yale University Press

This chapter presents the latest scientific research on the role of social media in teens' lives. Never before have the youth had so many opportunities to bring their self-presentation to perfection. They can, for example, endlessly edit their digital profiles and selfies before they post them on the Web or send them to friends. Does this ability make them more self-aware? Or does it turn them into narcissists? Does the use of social media lead to superficial relationships and loneliness—or does it boost self-esteem and social skills? What effects does extensive media multitasking have on youth? Does it make them lose their ability to concentrate and contemplate?

Keywords:   social media, teenagers, young people, media influence, social skills, narcissism, self-awareness, media multitasking

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