Internet affordances and teens social communication: From diversification to bonding

Gustavo S. Mesch

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdolescent Online Social Communication and Behavior
Subtitle of host publicationRelationship Formation on the Internet
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781605669267
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • General Social Sciences


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