The Digital Hood: Social Media Use Among Youth In Disadvantaged Neighborhoods

In New Media & Society, Robin Stevens and colleagues examine the role of social media in the lives of youth living in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Stevens conducted semi-structured interviews with 30 female and 30 male youths about their social worlds and neighborhoods, both online and offline. The study took place in predominantly African American and Hispanic neighborhoods. The researchers discovered a dynamic and concerning interplay between the geographic neighborhood and digital neighborhood, whereby negative social interactions in the geographic neighborhood are reproduced and amplified on social media. The investigators suggest more research into the use and effects of social media in diverse populations.