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Web Sites and Profiles Promote Social Skills in Youngsters

Still some argue that social skills are developed from the three dimensional dynamics of interaction with other persons. That it requires face to face contact. Skeptics of how social networks really work out accept that, the Internet can be used like speaking on the phone - however there are a lot of things done on the Internet and by phone - that are a waste of time. Having a phone and the Internet can help you day by day - but aren't life essential items to have. Or as my son said, after watching last night YouTube Live, those guys "don't have a life!"

In September we reported on a survey conducted by Alexandria, Va.-based National School Boards Association and they agree with findings of the Digital Youth Project from the MacArthur Foundation. This study suggests that "hanging out" on Facebook, MySpace, Friendfeed and other social networks isn't a waste for teens, after all.

Mizuko Ito, University of California, Irvine researcher and the report’s lead author has said: "We found that spending time online is essential for young people to pick up the social and technical skills they need to be competent citizens in the digital age.

...Kids denied access to new media, because their family can’t afford it or because their parents, school or library restrict their access or time on social networking sites, are likely to be short on skills that members of their generation are expected to possess", the researchers concluded.

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