Teens have always gone where identity isn't

Jonathan Libov , The Digital Human, Mar 11, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Statements that describe an entire demographic - 'teens', say - are always dubious and subject to counterexamples, but beyond the hyperbole is a point worth taking home in this text: "Teens eschew Facebook and Twitter for Instagram, Tumblr, Snapchat and other apps not because they're a new, different generation, but because they don't yet have much of an identity to boast of." Such spaces allow them to try on new identities, and to be someone they aren't. I remember saying much the same thing about MUD participation in the 1990s and can recall people saying it of online bulletin boards in later years.

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