Study: Youth Use Technology to Moderate Emotions
The OneSeventeen Media team is a group of long-time believers that kids want to use technology to as a means to self-help. We’ve consistently seen youth reaching out for tools and information to navigate their way through difficult situations and the complications of growing up.
Louis Leung, Ph.D. Associate Professor & Director of the Center for Communication Research at the School of Journalism & Communication at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, affirms our belief in his research (via Next Great Thing):
He found that when kids are stressed they use technology to help moderate their emotions. That is, when kids in his study found themselves under stress, they interacted with technology to both moderate their moods and access social networks. Through the Internet, they accessed entertainment and information and sought “social compensation” through recognition and relationship management.
Consistent with good mental health, they recognized the need to seek help. The more social support a subject was able to access, the less impact stress had on their lives.
Adults are often hesitant to believe that youth are eager to share their challenges and solve problems through technology, but the world’s first online generation is asking for just that.
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