Teens and Social Networking Services: An Overview

Teens and Social Networking Services: An Overview

Maryann Mori (Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, USA)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 28
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-984-7.ch016
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Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of the ways teens interact with social networking services. It acknowledges that teens are active users of social networking sites, and the implications of this usage affect and/or cross social, moral, educational and political lines. By reviewing current trends and statistics from various authors and sources, this chapter provides background information to understanding the growth and importance of online social networking among the Internet generation. Topics include demographics, ramifications on social behavior, adults’ concerns, policies designed to restrict teens’ Internet access, educational benefits and future directions of teens’ use of social networking services. Realizing the importance and influence of online social networks among teens should provide readers with a better understanding of how these sites can not only be used for educational and marketing purposes, but also be integrated within work environments.

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