Because many YA readers are teens, most of the group has grown up with the technology they use to find YA materials. Computers in libraries has always been common for them, as has the ability to view reviews of and purchase books on Amazon. Most modern YA readers have never known a time in which libraries used cards in their books to track borrowing rather than RFID scanners. With such familiarity with technology, most YA readers are perfectly comfortable utilizing it to find information regarding YA content and other information.
In a survey of seven YA readers (all between the ages of 18 and 35), the most common place people went to find information was the Internet. This included websites such as Tumblr, Goodreads, Amazon, NetGalley, fanfiction websites, and Google. If pressed, these readers could surely list additional technological resources through which they find young adult content.
YA reader Grace (22) has noted in the past that she relies on author blogs on Tumblr, like that of Shiver author Maggie Stiefvater, in order to keep up with what authors are up to, new book releases, and recommendations. Other Tumblrs allow Grace to find genre-specific content. Sick Lit, for example, provides information for its followers about books regarding illness. For Grace and plenty of other YA readers, there is so much to be found on Tumblr, including those maintained by libraries.
Kacee (22) who also reads YA has used the electronic catalog at her local library since she was eight years old. She has become increasingly comfortable with technology, having learned to do some HTML and CSS coding in college and regularly using the internet to communicate with other lovers of YA. Like Grace, Kacee uses Tumblr as well as the site for National Novel Writing Month, for which she writes young adult novels with help from the forums, the statistics functions, and the validation feature to help her write a young adult novel within the span of one month (November).
Young adult readers are in a good position to take on new technologies, particularly with their ability to adjust to new technologies as they are released. This community uses technology to generate new content, communicate with each other via comments on blogs, forums, instant messaging systems, and statuses (such as those on Twitter and Facebook). Authors sometimes communicate with their readers through blog posts, Twitter replies, or even commenting on content created by their readers. All of this helps to increase the size of the community, help members discover new content, and encourage a thriving and engaging community.