How will pervasive technology and social media change the youth of today?

While many of us have grown up with computers, we have yet to have technology wholly mediate our social habits and experiences until now. In the post-millennial generation, this has become standard practice through ubiquitous Facebook usage and texting. This pervasive digital presence will surely have far reaching effects. The question here to ask is: how will the first generation whose social habits are formed through technological mediation change how we interact as a society?

For Professor Patti Valkenburg at the University of Amsterdam’s Center for Research, Adolescents and the Media the prognosis is positive:

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