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Title: Usage of Social Networking Sites & Adolescent Lifestyles: Perspective of Adolescents and Parents
Authors: Kathuria, Neha
Keywords: Centre for Human Ecology
Sujata Sriram
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: TISS
Abstract: Social Networking Sites (SNS) such as Facebook are integral to the social world of adolescents. The present study examines the usage of SNS by adolescents and the impacts of the same on social interactions and lifestyle. Parental perspectives of the adole scents’ usage of SNS and its possible impacts were included. The study adopted a quantitative approach, using a self-designed questionnaire. Ninety one adolescents and their parents, from Jaipur took part in the study. The adolescents were in the age group of 14-17 years. The findings indicated that Facebook was the preferred SNS for adolescents and their parents. SNS was accessed for keeping in touch with friends and family. Many of the adolescents had opened their accounts on Facebook before the statutory age of 13. Adolescents used Facebook for identity management and display. While adolescents claimed to give access to their Facebook accounts to their parents, parental reports contradicted this. Parental concerns on their children’s SNS use related to information leaking and exposure to unsuitable content. SNS use as reported by parents was found to negatively impact social interactions both in the family and with friends, with a preference for computer mediated interactions rather than face to face interactions. Additionally, the negative impact of SNS on academic performance was mentioned by parents. Control options identified by parents related to keeping the computer in the living area, and using SNS alongside the adolescents.
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