Teenagers today are growing up in an unprecedented environment of hyper-inter-connectivity. According to recent data collected by the Pew Internet Project, 95% of teens 12 to 17 are online, 76% use social networking sites and 77% have cellphones.
But whether the tweeting, Google searching, texting, Facebook chatting lifestyle of the "Always On" (AO) generation is creating a savvy group of information gatherers who skillfully harness the power of collective thinking, or if a crippling reliance on the Internet will create a generation of shallow and easily manipulated drones with no attention span -- well, that's up for debate.
On Wednesday, the Pew Research Center, in conjunction with Elon University's Imagining the Internet project, released the results of a survey
of 1,021 Internet "experts" asked to weigh in on whether growing up in a hyper-connected world will have a net positive effect, or a net negative effect, on today's youth.Read More