Friday Links for 21 February 2014

Some things I’ve been reading this week that may be of interest. Tip of the hat to Andrew Gilmartin who gave me the idea for this.

  1. Teens, Kindness, and Cruelty on Social Network Sites. A Pew Research Center report. Fascinating reading. The first pull quote is actually my favorite: “The majority of social media-using teens say their peers are mostly kind to one another on social network sites. Their views are less positive than those of social media-using adults.”
  2. The Return of the Anonymous Internet. An article about the app Secret which I’ve played with a little bit. No one I know seems to be using it so I am probably not getting the full effect. But the concept is fascinating.
  3. Less Sleep, More Time Online Raise Risk For Teen Depression. The lack of sleep part of this is well documented. As parents, we’ve worried for years what we’d do when we reach the high school years when our son has too much to do and so little time to do it and sleep is the part of his life that takes the hit.
  4. Why Procrastinators Procrastinate. This is fantastic. I’ve read a few books and articles on this subject but never have I seen such an excellent summary of procrastination. It also links to a follow-up article that addresses combatting procrastination, which is also excellent.