Online and writing: Teen blogs as mines of adolescent data

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This article describes teenagers' Internet Web logs or "blogs" and their potential and drawbacks as sources of firsthand material for the teaching of adolescence. Specifically, in a course on adolescence, undergraduates analyzed why adolescents write blogs; their function in terms of adolescent media use; the appeal and drawbacks of blogs for the writers and their readers; and the depiction of positive and negative emotions, friendship, and romantic relationships. Student survey responses over 2 semesters suggested increased knowledge of both the concerns of adolescents and of adolescent computer use as well as high satisfaction with use of teen blogs as an engaging and educational pedagogical technique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-182
Number of pages3
JournalTeaching of Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • General Psychology


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