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Social network profiles as information sources for adolescents' offline relations

Cédric Courtois UGent, Anissa All UGent and Hadewijch Vanwynsberghe UGent (2012) CYBERPSYCHOLOGY BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL NETWORKING. 15(6). p.290-295
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 (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, 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 SNSs by getting the conditions right to build a more solid relation with their friends. Hence, we conclude that SNSs play a substantial role in today’s adolescents’ everyday interpersonal communication.
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published
subject
keyword
MYSPACE, SEEKING, FACEBOOK, INTIMACY, TEENAGERS, COMMUNICATION, SITES, ONLINE, SELF-DISCLOSURE, FRIENDS
journal title
CYBERPSYCHOLOGY BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL NETWORKING
Cyberpsychology Behav. Soc. Netw.
volume
15
issue
6
pages
290 - 295
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000305400900002
JCR category
PSYCHOLOGY, SOCIAL
JCR impact factor
1.842 (2012)
JCR rank
17/60 (2012)
JCR quartile
2 (2012)
ISSN
2152-2715
DOI
10.1089/cyber.2011.0557
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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2075105
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2075105
date created
2012-03-27 14:07:42
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2013-01-29 15:51:29
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  author       = {Courtois, C{\'e}dric and All, Anissa and Vanwynsberghe, Hadewijch},
  issn         = {2152-2715},
  journal      = {CYBERPSYCHOLOGY BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL NETWORKING},
  keyword      = {MYSPACE,SEEKING,FACEBOOK,INTIMACY,TEENAGERS,COMMUNICATION,SITES,ONLINE,SELF-DISCLOSURE,FRIENDS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {290--295},
  title        = {Social network profiles as information sources for adolescents' offline relations},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/cyber.2011.0557},
  volume       = {15},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Courtois, Cédric, Anissa All, and Hadewijch Vanwynsberghe. 2012. “Social Network Profiles as Information Sources for Adolescents’ Offline Relations.” Cyberpsychology Behavior and Social Networking 15 (6): 290–295.
APA
Courtois, C., All, A., & Vanwynsberghe, H. (2012). Social network profiles as information sources for adolescents’ offline relations. CYBERPSYCHOLOGY BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL NETWORKING, 15(6), 290–295.
Vancouver
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Courtois C, All A, Vanwynsberghe H. Social network profiles as information sources for adolescents’ offline relations. CYBERPSYCHOLOGY BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL NETWORKING. 2012;15(6):290–5.
MLA
Courtois, Cédric, Anissa All, and Hadewijch Vanwynsberghe. “Social Network Profiles as Information Sources for Adolescents’ Offline Relations.” CYBERPSYCHOLOGY BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL NETWORKING 15.6 (2012): 290–295. Print.