Proven by Science: Surfing the Internet is Good for Teens

Scientists have finally proven parents wrong ... surfing the Internet is actually good for teenagers! Kids, print this out before the vast parents conspiracy shuts this down ...

Surfing the internet, playing games and hanging out on social networks are important for teen development, a large study of online use has revealed. The report counters the stereotypical view held by many parents and teachers that such activity is a waste of time.

More than 800 teenagers and parents took part in the three-year US project.

"They are learning the technological skills and literacy needed for the contemporary world," said the report's author, Dr Mimi Ito. "They are learning how to communicate online, craft a public identity, create a home page, post links. "All these things were regarded as sophisticated 10 years ago but young people today take them for granted," Dr Ito told the BBC.

The report calls teens learnin' on the Web as "geeking out": Link

Previously on Neatorama:

  • Surfing the Web is Good for Your Brain
  • 10 Things You Should Know About the Internet

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I am guessing that either a teen wrote this and it was copy and pasted here, or some teenager whined and complained until their parent wrote the article for them. I will agree that kids need to have some techie skills, but being able to comment on youtube videos and knowing how to read 1337 sp34k is hardly what I would call a skill. If anything, it is creating a world where kids and teens spend more time with a machine then they do real people, including their family. Being able to interact online and being able to interact in person are two totally different things.

And why (unless you are going to be a writer, singer or other public figure) would you need to establish an online identity? Besides, when your 30, that teenage identity will probably come back to haunt you.

This article = FAIL!
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I have to agree with some of the others here that while there is certainly some benefit to knowing one's way around the internet, that the idea of sites like myspace and facebook somehow help to develop social skills is laughable.
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