Adolescents’ social networks: Exploring Different Patterns of Socio-Digital Participation

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The purpose of the study was to assess adolescents' participation in various socio-digital activities by using a self-report questionnaire, a social networking questionnaire, and interviews. The participants (n=253) were grade 6-9 students from a multicultural lower-secondary school in Finland. Three profiles of socio-digital participation were identified: friendship oriented basic participators (n=161), gaming-oriented participators (n=61), and creative participators (n=31) intensively engaged in diverse socio-digital practices. The analyses revealed systematic differences in social networking relations as a function of adolescents' social-digital participation profile and gender. The reciprocal values in hanging out, liking, and media multiplexity were highest for creative participators, whereas gaming-oriented participators were less socially active than their peers. The socio-digital expertise of creative participators was socially recognized by a larger group of peers than that of the other groups. The study produces methodological tools suitable for collecting systematic longitudinal data of socio-digital practices of larger groups of adolescents in future.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScandinavian Journal of Educational Research
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)255-274
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • social network
  • socio-digital participation
  • basic participators
  • gaming-oriented participators
  • creative participators
  • latent profile analysis
  • online game use
  • friendship quality
  • computer games
  • 515 Psychology

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