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Predicting social networking site use and online communication practices among adolescents: the role of Access and device ownership

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Cingel, Drew P.; Lauricella, Alexis R.; Wartella, Ellen; Conway, Annie

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Abstract Given adolescents' heavy social media use, this study examined a number of predictors of adolescent social media use, as well as predictors of online communication practices. Using data collected from a national sample of 467 adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17, results indicate that demographics, technology access, and technology ownership are related to social media use and communication practices. Specifically, females log onto and use more constructive communication practices on Facebook compared to males. Additionally, adolescents who own smartphones engage in more constructive online communication practices than those who share regular cell phones or those who do not have access to a cell phone. Overall, results imply that ownership of mobile technologies, such as smartphones and iPads, may be more predictive of social networking site use and online communication practices than general ownership of technology.
Keywords social media; online media; utilization; adolescent; facebook; Internet; data access; communication; social network; practice; telecommunication; woman; man; demography
Classification Sociology of the Youth, Sociology of Childhood; Interactive, electronic Media; Impact Research, Recipient Research
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 1-30
Journal Media and Communication, 2 (2014) 2
ISSN 2183-2439
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution