The role of social networking sites in early adolescents’ social life

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine the role of social networking sites (SNSs) in early adolescents’ social lives. First, we investigated the relation between SNS use and several aspects of early adolescents’ social lives (i.e., friendship quality, bridging social capital, and bonding social capital). Second, we examined whether there are differences between SNS users and nonusers in terms of their social lives. Drawing on a survey among 3,068 early adolescents, results showed positive relations between SNS use and friendship quality, bridging social capital, and bonding social capital. Furthermore, we found positive effects of SNS membership on these social indicators. In sum, even though concerns have been voiced about a possible negative impact of SNS use on adolescents’ social lives, we found no evidence of this. Results of this study show that the role of SNSs in early adolescents’ social lives is positive at least concerning friendship quality, bridging social capital, and bonding social capital.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348-371
Number of pages24
JournalThe Journal of Early Adolescence
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016

Keywords

  • communication
  • friendship
  • media and technology
  • tv
  • magazines
  • internet
  • peer relationships
  • self-esteem
  • friendship quality
  • internet use
  • peer relations
  • online
  • facebook
  • participation
  • connection
  • motivation

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