From the June 14 issue of Our Sunday Visitor, award-winning journalist Emily Stimpson takes a look at one of the most pressing issues facing our next generation:
When the Internet went viral a decade ago, educational experts and social critics predicted it would make young people smarter, happier and more engaged with the world than ever before. With the advent of Web 2.0 -- interactive social media such as blogs, texting, Facebook, etc. -- the same experts repeated their praise. But the actual evidence -- the hard data about American teenagers' academic performance and social lives -- as well as the anecdotal evidence from teachers and parents, paints a somewhat different picture.
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