Huddle with the Faculty—"Social Media Use by Adolescents"
Lynette Kvasny, Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technologies
Sept. 22, 2012, 8:30-11:00 a.m.
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Adolescents today will spend the equivalent of 23 years of their lifetime on the Internet; 10 years of that span will be spent on social networking sites. Research suggests that teens are largely unaware and unconcerned about protecting their privacy online and may openly indulge in risky online behavior. Teens are, however, often unaware of the future implications of creating a digital footprint in today’s online environment. This presentation will highlight social and cultural implications of social media highly used by adolescents, such as Twitter and Facebook.
Lynette Kvasny is an associate professor in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology. Her research explores the ways in which race, gender, and class identities shape the adoption and use of information and communication technologies. Kvasny is the recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, the most prestigious award in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education. She received her Ph.D. in computer information systems from the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.