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Thursday, December 25, 2008

So, is facebook considered "reading"

Perhaps not. This report is very scary as it suggests that the lowest rated use of time for teenagers is reading!!!

Oh no, this is not good. People below 20 years old, please, I implore you, read something other than Facebook and My Space. Read anything, please, and think about the words you see.

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I don't think that Facebook and Myspace have been replacing time that would otherwise be spent reading. Rather, I suspect time spent web browsing would most likely be spent watching TV or playing video games. So, online social networks could be net-beneficial. I suspect web browsing is a compliment good to reading books if for no other reason than browsing the web requires teenagers to read *something* and thus marginally improve literacy.
 
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