Text Messaging

5 ways to maintain community while social distancing

By Eric Stann, Futurity It’s possible to maintain community while social distancing to contain the spread of COVID-19, according to a professor of health psychology. In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout the US, thousands of in-person gatherings are now canceled, including sporting events, parades, concerts, and church services. For many, the […]

Elements of effective texting?: Here’s six tips

In a recent New Yorker article, writer Alice Gregory describes Crisis Text Line, a new service for youth who are in need of support.

Avoiding the electronic communication trap for teens: An opportunity for mentors

Nesi, J., Widman, L., Choukas-Bradley, S., & Prinstein, M.J. (2016). Technology-based communication and the development of interpersonal competencies within adolescent romantic relationships: A preliminary investigation, Journal of Research on Adolescence Journal of Research on Adolescence. doi:10.1111/jora.12274 Summarized by Benjamin Alford Introduction: With the convenience and growth of technology in the lives of individuals around the […]

My book is not anti-technology. It’s pro-conversation: A conversation with Sherry Turkle

By Ariana Huffington, Huffington PostSherry Turkle is Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT, and her new book Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age cements her status as one of our pre-eminent thinkers on the ways technology impacts on our lives. In answer to my questions, she […]

Can “deep” relationships form in e-mentoring programs?

by Kevin O’Neill – Associate Professor, Education and Technology, Simon Fraser University Throughout my career, I have been developing, running, and studying a series of small school-based e-mentoring programs (each generally serving less than 100 youth) over the years. I began this work around 1993, and from the beginning my inclination was that face-to-face mentoring would be preferable wherever it was […]

Texting too Much? Implications of Text Messaging for Adolescent Well-Being

By Tara Kuther, Society for Research on Adolescence Adolescents rely on text messaging to communicate with their friends more than any other form of contact, including face-to-face interaction. Most research to date on text messaging has relied on self-report surveys.  Underwood and colleagues conducted a naturalistic study of text messaging in 172 14-year old adolescents […]

Nudging through text messages: An evidence-based role for mentors

by Jean Rhodes As the parent of a high school junior, I can’t help but worry about the impending college application process. I try to appear relaxed and good natured during the occasional moments that my son checks in with me, yet my mind is racing. “Yeah,” I casually agree, “Bradley Cooper really should win best actor.” […]

Adolescents’ Digital Media Use and Friendships

Davis, K. (2012). Friendship 2.0: Adolescents’ experiences of belonging and self-disclosure online. Journal of Adolescence, 35, 1527-1536. Summarized by UMB clinical psychology doctoral student, Stella Kanchewa, M.A. Introduction: As adolescents strive for autonomy away from parents/guardians, they turn to peer relationships in order to meet social needs, and to establish an integrated sense of self […]