Teens who live in lower-income households are more likely than higher-income teens to say they use social media to get in touch with their closest friend. Lower-income teens, from households earning less than $30,000 annually, are nearly evenly split in how they get in touch with these friends, with 33% saying social media is the most common way they do so and 35% saying texting is their preferred communication method. Higher-income teens from families earning $30,000 or more per year are most likely to report texting as their preferred mode when communicating with their closest friend. Modestly lower levels of smartphone and basic phone use among lower-income teens may be driving some in this group to connect with their friends using platforms or methods accessible on desktop computers.
The Department of Gender & Women’s Studies and the Women’s Research and Resource Center are deeply concerned with the effect that the executive orders of the Trump administration will have on our students, faculty, and staff and the rest of the country. President Trump has taken the first steps to repeal the Affordable Care Act that can leave 20 million of us without health coverage and has promised to defund Planned Parenthood; reintroduced the Global Gag Rule that restricts US funding to NGOs that provide abortion education and procedures risking the lives of millions of women in the global South; he reauthorized the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline construction violating the sanctity of Native lands and endangered the water sources for future generations; he has ordered the building of a wall along the Mexican border that will cost billions of dollars; while empowering law enforcement to act as immigration officers and expanding significantly the number of border patrols; he also has the intention of prohibiting federal funding to sanctuary cities like Los Angeles. His most recent 90-day ban on travelers and refugees entering the United States from seven Muslim countries (Libya, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen), even those with a visa or a permanent residence status is not only unconstitutional, but also reminiscent of some of the darkest periods of US and European history.
We want to reassure our students that the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies and the Women’s Research and Resource Center will continue with its mission to achieve social justice for all, fight white supremacist policies, deepen our democracy, and create world peace. We will continue with our efforts of helping our students to become compassionate and critical thinkers. More than ever we need to elevate our historical and moral consciousness and work together for a better world. Another US is possible.