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How does social networking affect adolescent friendship?
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Social Networking and Adolescents

No one can deny that technology has dramatically altered the way society thinks, communicates, travels, learns, and works. Technology has made many of those aspects much more efficient. Today information can be reached in a matter of seconds and people can connect with others around the world without having to leave the comfort of their homes. However, technology is not perfect because the same "efficiency" can have negative effects. One example would be how we communicate: technology evolved the way we communicate from face-to-face to using electronics. Sure, some can argue that communicating electronically offers the opportunity to talk any time and anywhere. However, critics argue that it dramatically decreases face-to-face interactions and increases anti-social behavior. This becomes a bigger problem for children growing up today who rely heavily on technology and prefer to communicate using social networking sites. I believe they (children) are more likely to adopt anti-social behavior through overusing networking sites and will have problems with communicating face-to-face, interpersonal communication, and picking up social cues. I also believe they will focus on the quantity than the quality of communicating, which means they will look at the number of people they are talking to rather than worrying about connecting and building friendships. The articles I found ask a similar question of how does social networking affect adolescent friendship and many of the articles try to answer that question through several methods of research. I found that many of the articles do offer the same conclusions as me, in that using electronics to communicate (mainly social networking, iming, and texting) does affect adolescent friendship arguing it can be negative to communication skills, social cues, willingness to interact in the real world. While others argue it does not change their relationships with pre-existing friends or allows them to make new friends online.

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The Meaning of Friendship in a Social Networked World | Fast Company

The Meaning of Friendship in a Social Networked World | Fast Company | Communication Etiquette | Scoop.it
The Social Network"What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies." This quote is attributed to the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle who wrote extensively about the notion and importance of true friendship as a determinant of meaningful...

 

I enjoyed this article because I completely agree that even though social networking sites help us gain many "friends" in reality we only have few friendships built through interpersonal communication.

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The Effects of Social Network Sites on the Quality of Adolescent Relationships

The Effects of Social Network Sites on the Quality of Adolescent Relationships | Communication Etiquette | Scoop.it
Social networking sites like Myspace, Facebook, and now, even Twitter, are more and more becoming a part of the lives of adolescents. Are these sites having a weakening or strengthening effect on the quality of adolescent relationships?

 

Social networking sites are shaping adolescents relationships by allowing them to keep in contact for longer periods of time, though it does weaken relationships; the article argues it does not affect face-to-face communication because adolescents receive interact daily at school.

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'Facebook Depression' Affecting Teens, Report Says

Youths who spend a lot of time on social media sites are at risk of "Facebook depression," a group of doctors say. The American Academy of Pediatrics has proposed Facebook depression as a new phenomenon.

 

Other articles stressed how important it was for teens to make friends and maintain them, however its that need to be accepted and have friends  that's causing depression in teens, who find themselves isolated within their peer networks because they do not have any or a lot of meaningful or special interest friends, no is commenting or going on their pages.

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IMing, Text Messaging, and Adolescent Social Networks

Computer Mediated Communication: The Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication...

 

The reasearch on this article focuses more on Socially interactive technologies (SITs), such as: are instant messaging and text messaging are creating stronger/weaker ties with SITs, do the SITs overlap with pre-existing friendships and are SITs important to adolescents who have few real world friends. First, the research found that SITs do not strengthen ties regardless if they are online or offline friends which is the same result for the second question. As for the third question the research showed that SITs provides no social support for people who are more isolated.

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The Future of Children -

This research examines adolescents' relationships with friends, romantic partners, strangers, and their families in the context of their online communication activities, however I chose to only focus on the section that examined adolescent relationship with friends.The research showed that for adolescents social networking has become an important aspect of their social lives, adolescents believed being online helps strengthen their friendships and more effective for self-disclosure. The study itself found that social networks redefine the word "friend" and what it means to be a "friend"; you are your top friends, who do you respond to and ignore, etc. It also showed a correlation between positive/negative feedback and self-esteem; if someone were to get a positive feedback their self-esteem increases where as if they get a negative feedback their self-esteem decreases.

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The Psychology of Social Networking | Psychology Today

The Psychology of Social Networking | Psychology Today | Communication Etiquette | Scoop.it
How many true friends can one really have? By Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Ph.D....

 

I chose this as a first article because it asks the question how we view popularity within social networks. The articles two hypothesis are if you are popular in the real world than you will be popular on the internet or if you are introverted in the real world then you are more likely become extroverted and charismatic online. However, the article argues that though popularity is a driving force to making friends on social networking sites, others factors such as personality traits do affect the number of numbers we have online and who we befriend (based on self-interest or love). The three personality traits are extraversion who are extroverts and can have meaningful and useless friendships, emotional intelligence who focus on creating meaningful friendships, and machiavellianism who worry about the friending those with similar self-interest.

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How Does Technology Affect Kids’ Friendships? - NYTimes.com

How Does Technology Affect Kids’ Friendships? - NYTimes.com | Communication Etiquette | Scoop.it
Experts are examining whether technology alters the nature of children’s friendships.

 

This article was very similar in terms of the question on how social networking affects friendships and it agreed with a lot of the beliefs I had, in that social networking helps adolescents adopt anti-social behavior, decreases face-to-face communication and pick up social cues. However, there were others in the article who argued that social networking does benefit children by helping create and maintain friendships.

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R U friends 4 real?

R U friends 4 real? | Communication Etiquette | Scoop.it
Psychologists are learning more about how teen friendships are changed by social networking and text messaging.

 

This article highlighted how social networking for adolescents can help them escape their anxieties and reach to people around the world that share interests for support. However, the article does add that social networking can build relationships like real world interaction.

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This article highlights how children use social networking sites to maintain friends and shape their identity.They seek and try to maintain friends to find an identity that is expressive of who they want to be (based on self-interest).

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Final Report: Friendship | DIGITAL YOUTH RESEARCH

Final Report: Friendship | DIGITAL YOUTH RESEARCH | Communication Etiquette | Scoop.it

In this article it argues that adolescents use social networking sites for friendship maintenance and for those who meet new friends its exclusively with acquaintances or friends of friends; though there are those who search for friends online based on interest .Social networking sites also have the power to affect an adolescent positively or negatively in regards to their interaction. "Positive interactions are enhanced through social media while negative interactions are also intensified." Adolescents are also changing the way they converse online and the frequency in which they converse. The article highlights how adolescents are creating an identity and affiliation among peers separate from adults and parents.

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