During the period of adolescence, social relationships are fundamental, with peers playing a role of increasing importance. Today, it is possible to engage in these relationships in traditional ways, through face-to-face encounters, or using the social networks. Yet, the pervasiveness of these media may create certain social risks that are faced by the youth. This quantitative study attempts to analyze the social uses engaged in by adolescents through the social networks, and the potential consequences on their lives. To do so, a sample consisting of 850 Spanish students from compulsory secondary education was analyzed. The findings suggest that adolescents very frequently use the social networks as a tool of socialization. Therefore, the networks influence their academic education, well-being and friendships. This confirms the idea that adolescents engage in a frequent, but non-exclusive use of social networks for socialization.
Light and Shadows of the Social Networks as a Tool for Socialization During Adolescence
Anzano-Oto S., Vázquez-Toledo S., Latorre-Cosculluela C. (2023) "Light and Shadows of the Social Networks as a Tool for Socialization During Adolescence " Italian Journal of Sociology of Education, 15(3), 219-238. DOI: 10.14658/PUPJ-IJSE-2023-3-10
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Italian Journal of Sociology of Education
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