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The Use of Technology by Youth: Implications for Psychiatric Educators

  • Shashank V. Joshi
  • Dorothy Stubbe
  • Su-Ting T. Li
  • Donald M. HiltyEmail author
Column: Media
Today’s youth are using technology in a variety of ways, from texting and tweeting to chatting, online gaming, and posting through a variety of Internet portals. Of US adults and those aged 18–29, respectively, 88% and 99% use the Internet [ 1]. As of 2017, approximately 95% of American adults have a cell phone and 77% a smartphone [ 1]. Social media—usually defined as web-based and mobile services that allow people to share a connection, monitor progress, and create/manipulate text, audio, photos, and/or video [ 2, 3]—is also exponentially growing [ 4]. Social media and networking options like Twitter and Facebook are common among the Digital Native (Z; 1998–present), Millennial (Y; 1981–1997), and X (1965–1980) Generations (Table 1) [ 5, 6].
Table 1

Popular social media sites for youth [source: https://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/kids-on-social-media-and-gaming/index.html]

Parents and educators may not be aware of the apps that children and teens use regularly or may not be aware...

Notes

Acknowledgments

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

American Academy of Pediatrics.

American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Disclosure

On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.

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corrected publication 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stanford University School of MedicinePalo AltoUSA
  2. 2.Yale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  3. 3.University of California Davis School of MedicineSacramentoUSA
  4. 4.Northern California Veterans Administration Health Care SystemSacramentoUSA

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