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How Teen Media Consumption Has Changed Over the Years

ROFL 08-05-2015

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Now, things have changed. Technology has opened all kinds of new things to teens, some good and some bad. So just how as being a teenager changed from the 90s? Are things better or worse? Take a look at the infographic below from TeenSafe [No Longer Available] that presents true facts about teens and media and decide for yourself.

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  1. Eddie
    May 10, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Got a lot of CDs in the mail in 95 as well. They did not have to go to the store to get them. Don't mean to nitpick.

  2. Mark Messinger
    May 9, 2015 at 4:30 am

    And I was a teenager in the 1970's. Let me tell you about CB radios. . . Then CompuServe, in my early 20's.

    That said, my own teenager is active on cross-country and doesn't use social media. But she's also one of those kids who cannot seem to differentiate between when it's appropriate to text and when it's better just to make a frickin' phone call. The one thing we could do is help our teens to critically evaluate the tools available to them. Don't use a hammer when what you need is a screwdriver.

    . . . okay, I'll stop commenting now.

  3. Davin Peterson
    May 8, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    I was a teenager in the '90s - graduated high school in '96 and so that infographic brings back memories and makes me feel old. CDs were just coming out. The internet was new and social networking didn't exist back then.

  4. Brian
    May 8, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Could Pinterest be included? It's not exactly social media, but it's social enough and has a huge following that it might as well be included as a means for teens and adults to spend their time in the digital realm.

  5. kt
    May 8, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Dang that graph makes me feel old! I was a teen in the late 80's (graduated in 1990) My media was: MTV with real music videos and news. Magazines like Metal Edge and Game Informer. Cassettes (music stores were really cool then, stocked full of rare and imported music). Using a landline to make plans and then sticking to them seems so long ago now. Buying new maps for road trips seems ancient too!