'Story of one's life and a tree of friends'-understanding millennials' information behaviour in social networks

Pam Read, Chirag Shah, Lupita S-O'Brien, Jaqueline Woolcott

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Abstract

Exploring ways in which new technology impacts adolescents' information behaviours and creates a social space requires holistic investigation. A qualitative study of 21 seniors in an upper-middle-class suburban high school revealed highly individualized use of Facebook and its features. These included: (i) Friends groups of 50-3700 members, with even the largest groups representative primarily of face-to-face connections, and (ii) a clear articulation within those groups of various categories, each with its own distinct communicative channel and style. A meaningful connection was found between the social value of various social network (SN)-mediated relationships and the communicative modes used to maintain and enhance them. Through a comprehensive literature review and clearly grounded analysis of rich data, this work supports the contention that adolescent social groups in which SNs are embedded form a distinct domain, and establishes a rationale for further investigation of adolescents' contextualized use of SNs within social relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-497
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Information Science
Volume38
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences

Keywords

  • Facebook
  • millennials
  • social media

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