PSY 355 Psychology & Media in the Digital Age
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Trends in Media Use: Historical, National, International
History of Media: Innovations from 1800-2016
Adoption of Technology in the United States, 1900-2013
- What is most notable about how US households adopted different technologies between 1900 and 2013?
Traditional vs. New vs. New New Media: The Growing Media Environment
- What do you see as the major differences or changes between the new media (1980-2000) and the "new new" media (2000-present)?
Zickuhr & Smith (2012 PEW) Digital Differences Study
Highlighted Findings (Data collected in the summer of 2011)
- Adults with disabilities (27% of US adults) use the Internet less than adults without disabilities (54% vs. 81%). 2% have disabilities that make it very difficult or impossible to use the Internet
- Technology ownership: 88% cellphones; 57% laptop computers; 19% e-book readers; 19% tablet computers
- Wireless is rising quickly (vs. wired internet connection)
- No differences among White, African-Americans or English-speaking Hispanics in use of mobile phones.
Perrin & Duggan (2015 PEW) American's Internet Access: 2000-2015
- 84% of American Adults use the Internet
- There have been no significant differences between men and women in their use of the Internet between 2000 and today.
- Older adults (58%) use the Internet less than other adults. 96% of young adults (aged 18-29) and 91% of adults 30-49 years old use the Internet.
- Those who are wealthier & have more education use the Internet more than poorer people or those without high school diplomas. However, use has rapidly grown since 2000 for high school graduates (40% to 76%) and non-high school graduates (10=9% to 66%)
- Racial and ethnic differences are narrowing: 97% English-speaking Asian Americans; 85% of White Americans; 81% of Hispanics; and 78% of African-Americans use the Internet
- Rural Americans are less likely (78) to use the Internet than suburban or urban dwellers.
Rosen et al. (2013) The Media Technology Usage and Attitudes Scale (MTUAS)
Survey Sample Characteristics (Los Angeles, CA area)
- N = 942 (62% female)
- Age: M = 29.96 (Mdn = 25; SD - 12.5) years
- Ethnicity: Asian 9%; Black/African-American 15%; Caucasian 14%; Hispanic 55%; Other 7%
- Some college 51% & college degree 32%
- 49% single; 31% married or living with someone
- 40% had children (M = 2.68 children) & 60% no children
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