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Emerging AdulthoodThe Winding Road from the Late Teens Through the Twenties$
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Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199929382

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199929382.001.0001

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Digital Natives

Digital Natives

Emerging Adults’ Many Media Uses

(p.194) Chapter 8 Digital Natives
Emerging Adulthood

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

Oxford University Press

Given the abundance of time they devote to their digital diversions, no account of the lives of emerging adults would be complete without attention to their media uses. This chapter begins with an elucidation of their rates of media use and how those rates compare to other age groups, in areas including listening to music, using social media, watching television, texting, and playing electronic games. Then follows an examination of the role that media play in emerging adults’ lives and in their development, particularly their identity development. At the end of the chapter is an exploration of the contentious question of whether all this media use is a positive or negative force in their development. It is concluded that today’s emerging adults integrate their media use into their lives in ways that promote more than undermine their social connectedness and their enjoyment of life.

Keywords:   social media, music, television, electronic games, texting, media uses

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