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Friday, March 22, 2013

Social media use by teens focus of OSU-Tulsa Faculty Research Lecture

MertenTeenagers today have grown up in a society where computers and smart phones have made it possible for them to share their lives instantly with the world.

These digital natives regularly use social media to interact with family, friends and people around the world, according to research from Michael Merten, Ph.D., associate professor of human development and family science at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa. Merten will present “Youth, Families and Social Media: An Always-On Connection,” the 2013 OSU-Tulsa Faculty Research Excellence Lecture, on Wednesday, April 17 at noon in the Helmerich Research Center.

“Social media is increasingly being used by adolescents as a way of communicating with their peers and their parents,” said Merten. “By examining how these teens are using social media, we can gain a better understanding of how they are feeling and relating to others.”

During the lecture, Merten will be joined by Steve Hahn, community education services program manager at the Parent-Child Center of Tulsa, for a discussion on the different ways that adolescents use social media to interact with parents and peers.

“There are ways for parents to utilize social media to positively connect with their kids,” said Merten. “Our discussion will focus on what parents can do harness the power of social media to be better parents and educate their teens.”

Sponsored by the OSU-Tulsa Library, the Faculty Research Excellence Series is free and open to the public.

Attendees may bring a sack lunch or reserve one for $8.95 by calling 918-594-8133 by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16.

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