As you can imagine the literature on YouTube and Young Adults was a bit scarce. Without bombarding everyone with numbers – here are a few selections (they are all short!). Stumbling blocks encountered when researching this topic:
- YouTube is often included as one avenue to the whole social networking phenomenon
- The definition of young adults or teen – something I’m struggling more and more with – what do I mean? The Pew Internet group – a great resource for studies connected to Internet use – they survey the population and unfortunately only survey folks that are 18 years and older. However – their definition of young adult are folks 18-29 years of age. Very relevant information – I believe relevant to our demographic – but we need to keep in mind that the study was based on older folks.
Readings that I’d like to recommend:
Lenhart, M., Madden, M., Smith, A., and Macgill, A. (2007). Teens and social media. Pew Internet & American Life Project report available at http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2007/Teens-and-Social-Media.aspx?r=1
OCLC (2007). NextSpace – The OCLC Newsletter – Social networking encourages teen library usage at Denver public. Available at http://www.oclc.org/ca/en/nextspace/007/advocacy.htm. Look at the YouTube Video Contest – there’s a link that takes you to the first place winner video – unfortunately the runner-up video has been removed.
Nielsen (2009). How teen use media – A Nielsen report on the myths and realities of teen media trends. Available at http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/reports/nielsen_howteensusemedia_june09.pdf
Additional readings –
Educause (2006). 7 things you should know about… YouTube. Available athttp://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7018.pdf
Lenhart, Amanda and Madden, Mary (2007). Teens, privacy and online social networks. Pew Internet & American Life Project report available at http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2007/Teens-Privacy-and-Online-Social-Networks.aspx?r=1
Madden, Mary (2009). The audience for online video-sharing sites shoots up. Pew Internet & American Life Project report available at http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2009/13–The-Audience-for-Online-VideoSharing-Sites-Shoots-Up/1-Overview.aspx?r=1.
Wright, Adam (2007). Young Americans have fallen in love with streaming videos, thanks to YouTube and other video file sharing websites. Available athttp://www.ipsosna.com/news/pressrelease.cfm?id=3424.
YALSA (2009). Teens & social networking in school and public libraries: A toolkit for librarians & library workers. Available at http://www.ila.org/netsafe/SocialNetworkingToolkit.pdf
There are a number of YouTube videos you can watch as well – some of which I will be showcasing in class.
UPDATE – November 13, 2009
I’ve tried uploading my presentation with little success – so I’ll add the links to the YouTube videos I presented in class here…
Teens on YouTube – Miss Chievious’ original video which resulted in a number of reponses – both written and video. I did not show this one in class – but I showed one of the view responses – which is linked below as well:
Video response shown in class:
Minigaston – my daughter’s friend – here is the link to his channel – the video I showed in class is called “Death Crickets” – there’s a new one called “Halloween” You’ve got to see it – hilarious!
Education – the classic conditioning theory video:
Music I won’t include this link since there are sooo many out there 🙂
Denver Public LIbrary: