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Teenagers' use of uncertainty reduction strategies on social network sites in the offline network

Anissa All UGent and Cédric Courtois UGent (2012) Etmaal van de communicatiewetenschap, Proceedings.
abstract
This paper presents the results of a study concerning the use of profile pages by adolescents to get to know more about friends and acquaintances known from offline life. 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 profile connections are meaningful in gathering information on these 'offline' friends and acquaintances. First of all, the results indicate that the combination of passive uncertainty reduction (monitoring a target's profile) and interactive uncertainty reduction (communication through the target's profile) explains a considerable amount of variance in the level of uncertainty about both friends and acquaintances. More specifically, adolescents generally get to know much more about their acquaintances. Second, it shows that the results of online uncertainty reduction positively affect the degree of self-disclosure, which is imperative in building a solid friend relation. Furthermore, we find that uncertainty reduction strategies positively mediate the effect of social anxiety on the level of certainty about friends. This implies that socially anxious teenagers benefit from SNS in order to get the conditions right to build a more solid relation with their friends. Hence, we conclude that SNS play a substantial role in today's adolescents' everyday interpersonal communication.
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published
subject
keyword
Social network sites, offline network, adolescents, friends, acquaintances
in
Etmaal van de communicatiewetenschap, Proceedings
pages
15 pages
publisher
Ghent University, Department of Communication studies
place of publication
Ghent, Belgium
conference name
Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap
conference location
Leuven, Belgium
conference start
2012-02-09
conference end
2012-02-10
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
C1
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I have retained and own the full copyright for this publication
id
2072986
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2072986
date created
2012-03-23 10:26:59
date last changed
2013-02-01 15:30:34
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  abstract     = {This paper presents the results of a study concerning the use of profile pages by adolescents to get to know more about friends and acquaintances known from offline life. 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 profile connections are meaningful in gathering information on these 'offline' friends and acquaintances. First of all, the results indicate that the combination of passive uncertainty reduction (monitoring a target's profile) and interactive uncertainty reduction (communication through the target's profile) explains a considerable amount of variance in the level of uncertainty about both friends and acquaintances. More specifically, adolescents generally get to know much more about their acquaintances. Second, it shows that the results of online uncertainty reduction positively affect the degree of self-disclosure, which is imperative in building a solid friend relation. Furthermore, we find that uncertainty reduction strategies positively mediate the effect of social anxiety on the level of certainty about friends. This implies that socially anxious teenagers benefit from SNS in order to get the conditions right to build a more solid relation with their friends. Hence, we conclude that SNS play a substantial role in today's adolescents' everyday interpersonal communication.},
  author       = {All, Anissa and Courtois, C{\'e}dric},
  booktitle    = {Etmaal van de communicatiewetenschap, Proceedings},
  keyword      = {Social network sites,offline network,adolescents,friends,acquaintances},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Leuven, Belgium},
  pages        = {15},
  publisher    = {Ghent University, Department of Communication studies},
  title        = {Teenagers' use of uncertainty reduction strategies on social network sites in the offline network},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
All, Anissa, and Cédric Courtois. 2012. “Teenagers’ Use of Uncertainty Reduction Strategies on Social Network Sites in the Offline Network.” In Etmaal Van De Communicatiewetenschap, Proceedings. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University, Department of Communication studies.
APA
All, A., & Courtois, C. (2012). Teenagers’ use of uncertainty reduction strategies on social network sites in the offline network. Etmaal van de communicatiewetenschap, Proceedings. Presented at the Etmaal van de Communicatiewetenschap, Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University, Department of Communication studies.
Vancouver
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All A, Courtois C. Teenagers’ use of uncertainty reduction strategies on social network sites in the offline network. Etmaal van de communicatiewetenschap, Proceedings. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University, Department of Communication studies; 2012.
MLA
All, Anissa, and Cédric Courtois. “Teenagers’ Use of Uncertainty Reduction Strategies on Social Network Sites in the Offline Network.” Etmaal Van De Communicatiewetenschap, Proceedings. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University, Department of Communication studies, 2012. Print.