So we explored the internet this week about teens, reading, and how they use social media. I found some great social media sites and ways to use them to create your TBR list or a library, even to connect with authors! I will list some of the sites, how they help, and how teens are using social media in the mix. I didn’t add any books to my TBR list in my seaching though, unfortunately all of the really interesting books were already on my list (which is very, very long).
Goodreads is a nice website. It contains an online library of books you have read. I have an account on this website, but I don’t update it very often. I like its groupings of books I might like when I add another book; this usually grows my TBR list. This site also contains book lists for readers. There are lists by year, genre, and many more titles. Readers are sure to find this website handy. I look at the reviews for books I may be interested in reading.
Shelfari seems to be a website that is quite similar to Goodreads. I had never heard of this site before looking into this assignment. From what I can tell, this site is essentially a slightly differne tversion of Goodreads. You still build your shelves with books you’ve read and everything, but it seems to have a better way to connect to people through the site. It is interesting, and I may be looking more into this website in the future.
Twitter is so popular with teens today that it is rumored to be even more popular than Facebook. This platform is wonderful for connecting with teachers, authors, editors, and more. I think teens would have an easy time finding books to read if they utilized the platform they already spend a ton of time on. Some hashtags are better than others, but some new ones I checked out were #whatto read, #MustRead, and #GreatReads. Of these three, the best hashtag was #GreatReads. This one had a lot more in the way of post actually about books. The other two hashtags had a lot of irrelevant ads posted to their feed. There are also hashtags specifically for genres to narrow down the resources you find.
These sites were great, but there is a bigger issue involving teens, reading, and social media. The issue is actually reading. Teens nowadays don’t read as much as they used to. They are too obsessed with social media and their computers to have time to read. I confess, sometimes I am distracted by the internet and don’t read as often as would like, but I do find time to read. With so much technology, both new and improved, the world is changing. Ebooks are more popular than actual books. Tweeting has become an obsession. Snapchat dominates the cell phones of a majority of teens. Netflix is better than reading. This is what has become of teens, reading, and technology.
Who knows, maybe actual printed books will end up obsolete…