May 11, 2012

Media Advisory: American Psychological Association Highlights Research Into Social Media Use by Preadolescent Girls at Capitol Hill Event

Roy Pea, PhD, will present peer-reviewed research into the online habits of preadolescent girls

What 

A distinguished psychologist will showcase his research on how using social media affects girls’ development. As part of the 18th annual Capitol Hill Exhibition & Reception hosted by the Coalition for National Science Funding, Roy Pea, PhD, will present peer-reviewed research into the online habits of more than 3,400 girls ages 8 to 12. The study, which was published earlier this year in the APA journal Developmental Psychology (PDF, 66KB), found that girls who said they spend considerable amounts of time online are less happy and less socially comfortable than peers who said they spend less time in front of computer screens. Pea will talk about how this study should prompt further research into how multimedia affects young people.

Who

Roy Pea, PhD, professor of education and learning sciences, Stanford University

Where

B338-340 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

When

Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Background

The Coalition for National Science Funding, of which APA is a longtime and active member, lobbies Congress for research funding at the National Science Foundation. The event, “STEM Research and Education: Underpinning American Innovation,” will feature science, mathematics and engineering research and education projects supported by the NSF. Researchers, educators and students from all over the United States will answer questions about their efforts to help meet the nation’s research and education goals.


The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world’s largest association of psychologists. APA’s membership includes more than 137,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare.