publication . Article . 2012

Social Network Profiles as Information Sources for Adolescents' Offline Relations

Cédric Courtois; Anissa All; Hadewijch Vanwynsberghe;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2012 Journal: Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, volume 15, pages 290-295 (issn: 2152-2715, eissn: 2152-2723, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert Inc
  • Country: Belgium
Abstract
This paper presents the results of a study concerning the use of online profile pages by adolescents to know more about “offline” friends and acquaintances. Previous research has indicated that social networking sites (SNSs) 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 connections are meaningful in gathering information on offline friends and acquaintances. First, the results indicate that a combination of passive uncertainty reduction (monitoring a target’s profile) and interactive uncertainty reduction (commun...
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free text keywords: Applied Psychology, Human-Computer Interaction, Communication, Social Psychology, General Medicine, Computer Science Applications, Social Sciences, SEEKING, MYSPACE, FACEBOOK, INTIMACY, TEENAGERS, SITES, ONLINE, FRIENDS, Self-disclosure, Uncertainty reduction theory, Social network, business.industry, business, Psychology, Internet privacy
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