- Oxford Library of Psychology
- The Oxford Handbook of Human Development and Culture
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editor
- Cultural-Developmental Scholarship for a Global World: An Introduction
- Ethical Considerations in Research on Human Development and Culture
- Human Development in Today’s Globalizing World: Implications for Self and Identity
- Migration Between and Within Countries: Implications for Families and Acculturation
- Indigenous Social Science at the Intersection with Human Development: Implications for and Lessons from African Ecocultures
- Charting Infant Development: Milestones Along the Way
- Comparative and Developmental Anthropology: Studying the Origins of Cultural Variability in Cognitive Function
- The Emergence and Development of Language Across Cultures
- Early Emotional Development in Cultural Perspective
- The Evolution of Attachment Theory and Cultures of Human Attachment in Infancy and Early Childhood
- Early Contexts of Learning: Family and Community Socialization During Infancy and Toddlerhood
- Childhood Practices Across Cultures: Play and Household Work
- Cognition in Childhood Across Cultures
- Cultural Manifestation of Intelligence in Formal and Informal Learning Environments During Childhood
- Moral Reasoning: Developmental Emergence and Life Course Pathways Among Cultures
- The Interaction Between Culture and the Development of Creativity
- Parental Ethnotheories and the Development of Family Relationships in Early and Middle Childhood
- In and Out of the Classroom: The Intersection of Learning and Schooling Across Cultural Communities
- Gender Across Cultures: Sex and Socialization in Childhood
- Leaving Childhood: The Nature and Meaning of Adolescent Transition Rituals
- Adolescent Risk and Resiliences Across Cultures
- Global Concerns in Adolescent Health with a Case Study of India
- Cultural Roots of Values, Morals, and Religious Orientations in Adolescent Development
- Identity, Politics, and the Cultural Psychology of Adolescence
- Family in Adolescence: Relatedness and Autonomy Across Cultures
- Cultural Templates for Child and Adolescent Friendships
- Education and the Youth Phase: Patterns, Purposes, and Problems in Global Perspective
- Child Labor: Homes, Streets, Armies, Factories, and Stores
- Adolescent Civic Development Across Cultures
- The Cultural Psychology of Emerging Adulthood
- The Intersection of Culture, Health, and Risk Behaviors in Emerging and Young Adults
- New Media, Social Change, and Human Development from Adolescence Through the Transition to Adulthood
- Social Mobility in the Transition to Adulthood: Educational Systems, Career Entry, and Individual Agency
- Work and Work Migration Within and Across Countries in Emerging and Young Adulthood
- Love, Sex, and Marriage Across Cultures
- Dual and Communal Parenting: Implications in Young Adulthood
- Fathering Diversity Within Societies
- Cognition in Adulthood Across Cultures
- Midlife Narratives Across Cultures: Decline or Pinnacle?
- Explorations in Generativity and Culture
- Adult Development in Japan and the United States: Comparing Theories and Findings About Growth, Maturity, and Well-Being
- Community Leadership and Non-attachment in Later Adulthood
- Death and Bereavement in Later Adulthood: Cultural Beliefs, Behaviors, and Emotions
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter presents developmental mechanisms by which new media drive development toward increasing individualism. The authors establish basic principles regarding the impact of new media on relationship development (increasing orientation to peers, relationship breadth, and choice) and on identity development (increased capacities for control and emphasis on exploration, self-expression, and hybrid identities) and review sociological, communication, and psychological theories, including Greenfield’s theory linking social and developmental change. This theory predicts that new media communication technologies will everywhere push development toward increasing individualism. Cultural nuances—history, philosophical traditions, and institutions established prior to the proliferation of communication technologies—may also influence how youth and families use new media. The authors propose that greater intergenerational tensions arise with rapid technological change. The chapter is a starting point for understanding how new media and cultural traditions interact with globalization and sociodemographic shifts to produce changes in human development.
Adriana M. Manago is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Western Washington University.
Shu-Sha Angie Guan, M.A., is a doctoral candidate at University of California, Los Angeles.
Patricia M. Greenfield, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at University of California, Los Angeles.
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