publication . Conference object . 2012

Social network profiles as information sources for adolescents' offline relations

Courtois, Cédric; All, Anissa;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2012
  • Publisher: Ghent University, Department of Communication studies
  • Country: Belgium
Abstract
This paper presents the results of a study concerning the use of profile pages by adolescents to get to know more about offline friends and acquaintances. Previous research has indicated that social network sites are used to gather information on new online contacts. However, several studies have demonstrated a substantial overlap between offline and online social networks. Hence, we question whether online profiles are meaningful in gathering information on these 'offline' friends and acquaintances. The results indicate that the combination of passive uncertainty reduction (monitoring a profile) and interactive uncertainty reduction (communication through a pro...
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