Social media use and social connectedness in adolescents

the positives and the potential pitfalls

Kelly-Ann Allen, Tracii Ryan, DeLeon L Gray, Dennis M McInerney, Lea Waters

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Abstract

As social media use is rising among adolescents, the issue of whether this use
leads to positive or negative outcomes warrants greater understanding. This
article critically reviews the literature related to this important topic. Specifically,
we examine how social media use affects social connectedness in terms
of three elements of adolescent development: sense of belonging, psychosocial
wellbeing, and identity development and processes. Mixed findings are reported regarding the role that social media plays in fostering social connectedness,
which suggests that young people may experience both positive and negative psychological outcomes. As a result, this article argues that online tools
create a paradox for social connectedness. On one hand, they elevate the ease
in which individuals may form and create online groups and communities, but
on the other, they can create a source of alienation and ostracism. This article
contributes to ongoing discourse in the area of educational and developmental
psychology, and has implications for researchers and practitioners working with
adolescents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-31
Number of pages14
JournalThe Australian Educational and Developmental Psychologist
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Social media
  • Adolescents
  • Social connectedness

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