Social Networking Sites and Adolescence: A Content Analysis of the Published Studies
SNSs use in adolescent population has been widely studied research topic since the communication technology pertaining to social networking sites showed up globaly. With the aim of reviewing the literature for a holistic picture of the issue, related articles published between 2010 and 2018 (till October) were reviewed, analyzed, and coded through a qualitative content analysis approach. To be included in the review, publications needed to meet the following criteria: (a) inclusion of adolescent sample, (b) psychological constructs as study variables, and (c) peer-reviewed academic journals. Articles were analyzed according to the country of origin, discipline, research design, sample population, sample size, whether ethnicity of the sample being diverse or unified, publication year, psychological construct used, data analysis method, number of page, SNSs tools specified and direction of the results. Various findings were obtained based on content analysis categories. Although negative consequences of SNSs use were reported more, there were controversial findings. Further research is needed.
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