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PSY 355 Psychology & Media in the Digital Age

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Trends in Media Use: Historical, National, International

History of Media: Innovations from 1800-2020

Media History 1800-2000

Adoption of Technology in the United States, 1900-2013

Adoption of Technology

Adoption of Technology
                    (Digital Examples)

  • 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

History of Media 1800-2018
  • 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

Highlighted Findings
  • 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.
Pew Internet Adoption

Pew Broadband vs. Dial-up

Teenagers Online

[Pew Teens 2012
                      Communication Ways]

Social Media Platform Use
                      by Teens 2014-15

Gender Differences in
                      Teen Social Media Platform Use

Rosen et al. (2013) The Media Technology Usage and Attitudes Scale (MTUAS)]

This formed the basis of the Digital Media User Survey that you completed.
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
Rosent et al. 2013 Table 3

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