Follow my snaps! Adolescents’ social media use and abuse

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Using third-person perception as a theoretical framework, a survey of 1,167 American adolescents explores their social media use and its relationship to verbal, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Despite the sexual nature of social media platforms like Snapchat, which are popular with adolescents, even adolescents who have experienced sexual violence in the past. Snapchat users were more likely than non-users to report abusive behavior to others. Adolescents exhibited third-person perception, believing others were more affected than they were by negative social media posts. This was related to experience with violence, and social media use. A third-person effect emerged, as adolescents who exhibit third-person perception were more likely to engage in abusive behaviors, both face-to-face and in an electronic medium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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In: International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning, Vol. 8, No. 3, 01.07.2018, p. 1-8.

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