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31 The Effects Of Internet Communication On Adolescents' Psychological Development

An Assessment Of Risks And Opportunities

5. Media Effects/Media Psychology

3. The Young Audience

7. Media Use and Effects on Learning and Development

  1. Jochen Peter,
  2. Patti M. Valkenburg

Published Online: 28 DEC 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444361506.wbiems136

The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies

The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies

How to Cite

Peter, J. and Valkenburg, P. M. 2012. The Effects Of Internet Communication On Adolescents' Psychological Development. The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies. 5:3:31.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 DEC 2012

Abstract

In this chapter, we discuss both the appeal and psychosocial consequences of different types of Internet communication, such as instant messaging and social network sites. We identify five characteristics of Internet communication that may explain both the attraction of Internet communication for adolescents, as well as its potential positive and negative consequences. Next, we review the research that has addressed some opportunities (i.e., friendship formation and quality) and risks (i.e., cyberbullying; relationships with online strangers) of the Internet for psychosocial development. We end by outlining shortcomings of existing research and make some suggestions for future research 1.

Keywords:

  • Internet;
  • teenagers;
  • social media;
  • social network sites;
  • well-being;
  • identity;
  • computer-mediated communication (CMC);
  • cyber-bullying