Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya • ISSN 2075-7999
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Sibirko A.I., Vinokurov F.N. Mobile social networks and interpersonal communication of youth

Full text in Russian: Сибирко А.И., Винокуров Ф.Н. Роль мобильных социальных сетей в межличностном общении молодежи

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

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The study examined interpersonal communication patterns of young people focusing on their use of mobile social networks to maintain informal relationships. Social interaction diary data was gathered from young social media users (N = 40); 774 interactions were analyzed. The research shows that internet-mediated communication is a dominant form of social interaction among the young, and is more often conducted via mobile phone or smartphone. Mobile social media is a preferred way to get in touch with friends and significant others, to whom one feels strong emotional attachment. In contrast with face-to-face communication, social media is less used for informal interactions with groups.

Keywords: internet, interpersonal communication, social networks, social media, the youth



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Received 21 September 2015. Date of publication: 27 June 2016.

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Sibirko Aleksandra I.  Master’s Student, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Higher School of Economics (National Research University), Volgogradskii pr., 46B, 109316 Moscow, Russia.
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Vinokurov Fedor N. Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, ul. Mokhovaya, 119, 125009 Moscow, Russia.
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Sibirko A.I., Vinokurov F.N. Mobile social networks and interpersonal communication of youth. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2016, Vol. 9, No. 47, p. 5. (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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