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Possible Effects of Internet Use on Cognitive Development in Adolescence

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Mills, Kathryn L.

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Abstract The rise of digital media use and the ability to be in almost constant connection to the Internet has raised a number of concerns about how Internet use could impact cognitive abilities. In particular, parents and policy makers are concerned with how being ‘constantly online’ might disrupt social and cognitive development. This review integrates the latest empirical evidence on Internet use with relevant experimental studies to discuss how online behaviors, and the structure of the online environment, might affect the cognitive development of adolescents. Popular concerns are discussed in light of the reviewed evidence, and remaining gaps in knowledge are highlighted. (author's abstract)
Keywords digitalization; digital media; Internet; online media; media; utilization; social behavior; social competence; social media; social network; cognitive development; adolescence; adolescent; psychosocial development
Classification Interactive, electronic Media; Developmental Psychology
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
Page/Pages p. 4-12
Journal Media and Communication, 4 (2016) 3
Issue topic Adolescents in the Digital Age: Effects on Health and Development
ISSN 2183-2439
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution