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"Are the Qualities of Adolescents' Offline Friendships Present in Digital Interactions?"

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Friendship is valuable to teenagers online and off, finds to a new review of studies of teenagers' virtual social interactions.

University of California, Irvine, researchers looked at six characteristics of friendship: self-disclosure, validation, companionship, instrumental support, conflict, and conflict resolution. Based on an analysis of 36 peer-reviewed studies of those characteristics, the review found friendships fulfill the same emotional needs online that they do in person. For example, teenagers used Snapchat and instant-message platforms to both share daily moments and reach out in times of stress.

Vol. 37, Issue 08, Page 5

Published in Print: October 11, 2017, as Social-Emotional Development
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