Conventional wisdom about young people's use of digital technology often equates generational identity with technology identity: today’s teens seem constantly plugged in to video games, social networks sites, and text messaging. Yet there is little actual research that investigates the intricate dynamics of youth's social and recreational use of digital media. Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media, written by Mizuko Ito, fills this gap, reporting on an ambitious three-year ethnographic investigation into how young people are living and learning with new media in varied settings—at home, in after school programs, and in online spaces.

Digital Media & Learning, Digital Media & Learning Research, Education, Technology, United States, Youth