As the Internet has been adopted and integrated in the daily lives of an increasing number of young adolescents in western countries, scholars and commentators are debating and speculating on the impact of these new media on the activities, social relationships and worldview of the young generation. The communication environment has become more and more complex, as youth combine the use of electronic mail, open forums, chat rooms, instant messenger and social networking sites. In this chapter the author argues that the use of different social applications, partially define the structure and content of social communication and association. In this chapter the author reviews the literature on the motivations for the use of each social application and the impact of the use on the type, size and quality of social ties that are maintained and created.
|Title of host publication||Adolescent Online Social Communication and Behavior|
|Subtitle of host publication||Relationship Formation on the Internet|
|Number of pages||15|
|State||Published - 2009|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computer Science (all)
- Social Sciences (all)