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How digital natives spend their time

Who is an emerging adult? How often do young adults text? How long do they spend on the Internet everyday? Where do they watch television? Which social networks do they use?

Ten years ago, Jeffrey Jensen Arnett published a groundbreaking examination of a new life stage: emerging adulthood, a distinct culture for people in their late teens and early twenties. Where once there were only children and adults, then there were teenagers, then adolescents, and now emerging adults. Arnett has revised and updated his book to include the newest findings on media use, social class issues, and their distinctive problems. Most importantly, he refutes many of the stereotypes, such as laziness and selfishness, that are held about these digital natives.


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