Youth, Digital Media and Their Roles in Social Changes Essay example

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YOUTH, DIGITAL MEDIA AND THEIR ROLES IN SOCIAL CHANGES

Idola Perdini Putri
Communication Science Program Study – School of Multimedia and Communication
Telkom Institute of Management
Jalan Telekomunikasi No. 1 – Dayeuh Kolot, Bandung
Cell. +6285294258565 / e-mail: idola_perdiniputri@yahoo.com

INTRODUCTION
New Media And Youth
Every day, a story runs in the news media that relates to teenagers and the internet or social networking or digital media. There are many stories –one of them for example- about sexual predators tracking down teen users through social networking site, or tons of stories about personal disclosure. Whatever, there no many stories explained about young people using new digital media for good.
The media
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Indonesia was ranked 4th in Asia after China, India and Japan. (http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats3.htm)

Table 1
Indonesia’s Internet Users

(http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats3.htm)

Indonesia Internet users growth rapidly from only 2 millions people in 2000 to 55 million users in 2011 it’s about 23% from 245 million peoples total population. This amount has a penetration of only 22.4% and the average number of internet users in urban areas are 60% under 30 years old and other data show nearly 30% of internet users in Indonesia comes from among teenagers aged 15-24 years. (http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats3.htm)

Table 2
Indonesia’s Internet Penetration
(http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats3.htm)
Uniquely, from this amount of number, the internet uses still dominated on the access of social networking media and online forums like Facebook (rank 4), Blogspot.com (rank 4), Youtube (rank 6), Kaskus (rank 7), and Twitter (rank 10). (http://www.alexa.com/topsites/countries/ID)
Detik.com one of Indonesia famous news site said that Indonesia facebook users registered up to nearly 43 million users, in early 2012 period. The amount made Indonesia facebook users the largest number 4 in the world. In terms of age, facebook users with an age range 18-24 years dominate approximately 41.2%.

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