“TikTok is my life and SnapChat is my ventricle”: a mixed-methods study on the role of online communication tools for friendships in early adolescents

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Standard

“TikTok is my life and SnapChat is my ventricle” : a mixed-methods study on the role of online communication tools for friendships in early adolescents. / Mitmann, Gloria; Woodcock, Kate; Dörfler, Sylvia; Krammer, Ina; Pollak, Isabella; Schrank, Beate .

In: The Journal of Early Asolescence, 02.06.2021.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Harvard

APA

Vancouver

Author

Bibtex

@article{e85bd7d9801d4ef3bb5ae0f245c5454b,
title = "“TikTok is my life and SnapChat is my ventricle”: a mixed-methods study on the role of online communication tools for friendships in early adolescents",
abstract = "Early adolescents are frequent users of online communication tools (OCTs). Yet, we have limited knowledge about how OCTs influence this population and their friendships. We sought opinions of 938 Austrian early adolescents on the role of OCTs for their friendships via a questionnaire and 207 focus groups. Thematic analysis was used to analyze the focus groups. We found that despite the emergence of some online-specific aggression, OCTs are perceived as beneficial for friendships. Early adolescents use online spaces naturally and differentiate little between online and offline communication. Only when it comes to high levels of intimacy, early adolescents also need an offline setting to fulfill their communication need. Online communication tools, especially newer forms such as online gaming, can surpass a mere communicative function and provide a space for building and maintaining friendships. In the future, OCTs should be considered as a tool to facilitate positive development in early adolescents.",
author = "Gloria Mitmann and Kate Woodcock and Sylvia D{\"o}rfler and Ina Krammer and Isabella Pollak and Beate Schrank",
year = "2021",
month = jun,
day = "2",
doi = "10.1177/02724316211020368",
language = "English",
journal = "The Journal of Early Asolescence",
issn = "0272-4316",
publisher = "SAGE Publications",

}

RIS

TY - JOUR

T1 - “TikTok is my life and SnapChat is my ventricle”

T2 - a mixed-methods study on the role of online communication tools for friendships in early adolescents

AU - Mitmann, Gloria

AU - Woodcock, Kate

AU - Dörfler, Sylvia

AU - Krammer, Ina

AU - Pollak, Isabella

AU - Schrank, Beate

PY - 2021/6/2

Y1 - 2021/6/2

N2 - Early adolescents are frequent users of online communication tools (OCTs). Yet, we have limited knowledge about how OCTs influence this population and their friendships. We sought opinions of 938 Austrian early adolescents on the role of OCTs for their friendships via a questionnaire and 207 focus groups. Thematic analysis was used to analyze the focus groups. We found that despite the emergence of some online-specific aggression, OCTs are perceived as beneficial for friendships. Early adolescents use online spaces naturally and differentiate little between online and offline communication. Only when it comes to high levels of intimacy, early adolescents also need an offline setting to fulfill their communication need. Online communication tools, especially newer forms such as online gaming, can surpass a mere communicative function and provide a space for building and maintaining friendships. In the future, OCTs should be considered as a tool to facilitate positive development in early adolescents.

AB - Early adolescents are frequent users of online communication tools (OCTs). Yet, we have limited knowledge about how OCTs influence this population and their friendships. We sought opinions of 938 Austrian early adolescents on the role of OCTs for their friendships via a questionnaire and 207 focus groups. Thematic analysis was used to analyze the focus groups. We found that despite the emergence of some online-specific aggression, OCTs are perceived as beneficial for friendships. Early adolescents use online spaces naturally and differentiate little between online and offline communication. Only when it comes to high levels of intimacy, early adolescents also need an offline setting to fulfill their communication need. Online communication tools, especially newer forms such as online gaming, can surpass a mere communicative function and provide a space for building and maintaining friendships. In the future, OCTs should be considered as a tool to facilitate positive development in early adolescents.

UR - http://www.uk.sagepub.com/journals/Journal200872

U2 - 10.1177/02724316211020368

DO - 10.1177/02724316211020368

M3 - Article

JO - The Journal of Early Asolescence

JF - The Journal of Early Asolescence

SN - 0272-4316

ER -