I found a really interesting paper on how teens use and feel about social media. The full report can be downloaded from this page as well. A group of teens between 13 and 17 were surveyed and asked a handful of questions. The most interesting one I thought was ‘Does it (Social media) make them feel more connected or more isolated?’ Another question was ‘Better about themselves, or more depressed and lonely?’ I have seen studies before where they explored the emotional damage things like Facebook can do. Many teens felt bullied because of social media but bullying was not the only problem. A lot of people feel left out because of social media. You see all your peers posting pictures and hanging out and you aren’t with them you can feel bad about yourself. Which is why I thought this paper was interesting because it explores the more left out side rather than the bullied side.
I dont know if anyone has heard of this site before, but it’s a fantastic search engine for, well, exactly what it says – design inspiration. I know most of you here are PCEM majors, but it might be a useful tool to use at some point for any kind of visual research. It has a clean, beautiful layout with a simple search bar in the lovely Helvetica. You can search textures, colors, designers, and other key words, and it will link to the work by the artist. It’s a sophisticated Pinterest if you will 🙂
After reading the article “Is the Backchannel Enabled? Using Twitter at Academic Conferences” I came to realize the range of people actively using twitter, and how that information can be used in an effective way.
One particular quote that was interesting to me was on the third page:
“Current endeavors to address those problems usually fall into two kinds of practice. The
first kind of change is represented by a trend named as “unconference”3. An unconference does
not follow the routine of organizing a traditional conference; it invites participants to negotiate
the content and structure of the conference according to their own interests (Crossett, Kraus &
I think this is an effective change to the way we traditionally hold conferences. The audience usually has no say in what can be talked about or what time is amounted per question, but Twitter shows that these limitations are no longer an issue. People can tweet questions, concerns and comments while the educational event is taking place, which is not only beneficial to their understanding, but helps others understand by posting these concerns to a public platform. Also, by showing the visuals it became much more about the audience grasping the idea of how many Twitter users there were. Overall it seems to be an effective report, even though not all of it is crystal clear. (There could be stronger visuals for a more effective presentation perhaps?)