In the last few months I designed and completed a small-scale, qualitative research study on what teenagers think of social media and how they feel about their usage of it. Spoiler alert: it’s not a particularly rosy picture. (See the title of this post for a hint about their behavior and about our role in it.)
Rather than writing up my findings, I present them in the style of a podcast. I do this for two reasons:
- Listeners need to hear these messages from the kids themselves. Their words, not filtered by my pen and stripped of their intonations and pauses, need to be felt directly. Their voices matter.
- You can’t skim or multi-task when listening to an audio story. You can’t read the first sentence of every paragraph and think you get the big idea. You need to listen. And I hope you do — because their voices matter.
To hear the initial interview with “Max,” as described above, listen here: