I'll see you on IM, text, or call you : a social network approach of adolescents' use of communication mediaI'll see you on IM, text, or call you : a social network approach of adolescents' use of communication media
Faculty of Social Sciences. Communication Sciences
Media, ICT and interpersonal relations in Organisations and Society (MIOS)
2010New York, N.Y., 2010
Bulletin of science, technology and society. - New York, N.Y.
30(2010):2, p. 75-85
University of Antwerp
This study explores some possibilities of social network analysis for studying adolescents communication patterns. A full network analysis was conducted on third-grade high school students (15 year olds, 137 students) in Belgium. The results pointed out that face-to-face communication was still the most prominent way for information to flow through the network. Interactions through communication media (e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging, mobile phone, and landline phone), however, supplemented this flow of information in a substantive way. Communication media use patterns were characterized by multiplexity and could be placed on a unidimensional scale indicating a media hierarchy. Close friends (strong ties) used all communication media at their disposal to connect with each other; students who were just friends (weak ties) preferred face-to-face communication and social network sites. In the discussion, some other possibilities of social network analysis for studying adolescents communication media are discussed.