I decided to conduct some primary research to find out first hand a little bit about teenagers and their digital media usage. Having a younger teenage sister had never been so ideal. In the following short clip you see myself interview my younger sister Holli aged 13 and ask her some basic questions about digital & social media.
If the video does not play please click the this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=163&v=C_RBMq7jZMY (Dawson 2015)
I chose to keep the interview short so that Holli didn’t feel either pressured or uncomfortable, and also so that she couldn’t start thinking ahead about questions or answers she might give in advance.
So what can we learn from this short clip. Holli shows a high dependancy on her phone stating that she spends around half her day on it, this is possibly a slight exaggeration however, it does indicate that she uses it more than regularly. It also draws attention to the decrease in use of family computers purely because of the capability of the smartphone.
In this particular case you can see that Holli is very relaxed about her privacy settings which some people might think is slightly alarming. It also shows she has witnessed and been exposed to online bullying highlighting that it definitely is still an ongoing issue. When she was talking about the issue however she didn’t seem in anyway affected by it, almost as if it was a common occurrence.
App is short for applications. Apps are single purpose software programs designed to carry out specific functions (Rouse 2011). Apps are easy to access and use, now when in the browser often it will try and navigate you to the app. When questioned about the internet holly said she doesn’t tend to browse but rather use the apps available. This could be limiting for her as by using the same apps over and over again she won’t get as broad spectrum on whats going on or other resources available to her.
Through out the interview Holli is relaxed an unfazed by the fact that she in being recorded. This is possibly because of the introduction of apps such as Instagram and Snapchat, which she refers to in the interview. These are a platform of social media that heavily consist of photographed or recorded content by the users.
One reassuring thing was when lastly questioned about websites she shouldn’t have been on Holli answered no. It’s at viewers digression as to know whether she answered ‘no’ because she was talking to me, and as family she thought she might get into trouble or just plainly for the fact the she genuinely, like many other teens, hasn’t been on an age restricted website.
DAWSON, G., 2015. Holli’s digital media interview. [online video]. 20 April. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_RBMq7jZMY&feature=youtu.be [Accessed 20 April 2015].
ROUSE, M., 2011. app. [online]. Tech target. Available from: http://searchconsumerization.techtarget.com/definition/app [Accessed 20 April 2015].