Technology is moving so fast, something is "out" even before it's "in" so how in the world do we account for this while writing for young people? Do we have them use iPads and iPods and Twitter and Facebook, knowing that in a few years, those things may be totally obsolete? Cell phones have progressed from devices you use to make calls, to things that control your garage doors and home security, for goodness sake. It seems we are all about convenience, so what will be next? Jetson style insta-meals and hovercars? (See, I totally dated myself right there. How many teens even know who the Jetsons are!)
I'm am very curious to know, for those of you who write straight up contemporary, how do you decide what to include to make your story feel "real" but relevant?