Digital Youth pp 215-230 | Cite as

Adolescents’ Digital Worlds: Conclusions and Future Steps

  • Kaveri Subrahmanyam
  • David Šmahel
Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)


Today’s youth, as digital natives, have lived virtually their entire lives surrounded by digital media, especially computers and the Internet. Not surprisingly, their interactions with technology have raised questions and concerns. Research has begun to uncover the many different ways that technology intersects young people’s lives. Our goal for this book was to sift through this body of work and present a balanced and comprehensive account of youth digital worlds and their implications for adolescent development. In this concluding chapter, we revisit some of the themes encountered throughout the book, consider their implications, and identify questions and gaps in our understanding that future research must address. In particular, we examine the role of digital media in development, summarize findings that provide support for our contention that young people’s offline and online worlds are psychologically connected, clarify and consider the implications of such connectedness.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCalifornia State UniversityLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Faculty of Social StudiesMasaryk UniversityBrnoCzech Republic

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