The effect of Internet use on social relationships is still a matter of intense debate. This study examined the relationships between use of social media (instant messaging and social network sites), network size, and emotional closeness in a sample of 117 individuals aged 18 to 63 years old. Time spent using social media was associated with a larger number of online social network "friends". However, time spent using social media was not associated with larger offline networks, or feeling em...Expand abstract
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Use of social network sites and instant messaging does not lead to increased offline social network size, or to emotionally closer relationships with offline network members
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