"It's a sign of the times. Being a teenager today is not easy, but let's face it -- adolescence is not an easy stage of life...Today we have to compound the average living stress with digital stress." Read More

"Research shared with Harris by Emily Weinstein, a Harvard doctoral candidate, shows that Snapstreak is driving some teenagers nuts—to the point that before going on vacation, they give friends their log-in information and beg them to snap in their stead." Read More

"The onus is on us to communicate our openness to and interest in helping youth process and navigate these situations.,” Weinstein says. Read More

"For those that have {Snapchat] streaks, they provide a validation for the relationship,” said Emily Weinstein, a doctoral candidate at Harvard University studying the intersection of adolescent behavior and social media. “Attention to your streaks each day is a way of saying ‘we’re OK.’” Read More

Weinstein pointed out that teens are often worried about telling their friends or significant others to stop the constant contact, fearing that could trigger an ending of the relationship. Read More



Since we began this new work a year ago,” Weinstein said in the release, “we have been amazed at the desire on the part of parents as well as professionals to not only have this information, but to understand its implications. Read More

"We care about these findings in part because we fundamentally believe that social media platforms afford exciting opportunities for civic voice and participation,” says Weinstein, the study’s lead author. Read More

"There’s a pressure that people feel to send a sext as a digital currency of trust,” says Emily Weinstein a Harvard University doctoral student who collected the texts above from an online forum run by MTV, for a study on the digital stress of adolescence. “It’s a way to say to someone, here is a thing that could destroy me, I trust that you won’t use it."  Read More


Editorials & Blogs

We have been researching young people’s use of networked technologies for over a decade — before the existence of the iPhone, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram. We are often asked if social media and smartphones are good or bad for teens. Parents, teachers, policymakers — even teens themselves — are eager for answers. Clear and simple answers. Read More

In a TED talk this past spring, watched by over six million viewers, Monica Lewinsky called herself “Patient Zero” of cyber-fueled bullying and shaming....Today, those born in 1998, the year that the world learned of Lewinsky and Bill Clinton’s affair, are in their teen years. Read More


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Here are five common myths about kids’ experiences with technology and social media that I’ve encountered in the course of my work with teens and families. Read more

Though few social media users garner the attention of millions, Kardashian’s Twitter snafu illustrates the challenges that anyone entering the online sphere can experience related to their civic expression. Contemporary teens and young adults increasingly occupy digital spaces and, consequently, must grapple with decisions about whether – and, if so, when and how – to express the civic facets of their identities online. Read More