How do television and social media influence teens and young adults? The Media & Identity Study surveyed diverse, hard-to-reach populations of youth nationwide to answer this question and to examine the role of media when it comes to forming racial, ethnic, cultural, gender, sexual, and political identities. In this video, Dr. Linda Charmaraman discusses where the project is headed, and what issues she is hoping to understand through the study’s results.

The final phase of the project will look at young people’s civic engagement and how it is affected by television and social media. This timely subject will look at the 2016 election cycle and focus on how teens and young adults are getting involved politically. For more information on the Media & Identity Study, visit

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