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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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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...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1089/cyber.2010.0161

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Institution:
University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands
Department:
Department of Social Psychology
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Research group:
British Academy Centenary Project
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Anthropology and Museum Ethnography,School of - Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology,Institute of
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Research group:
British Academy Centenary Project
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Anthropology and Museum Ethnography,School of - Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology,Institute of
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Sam G. B. Roberts
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Funding agency for:
Robin I. M. Dunbar
Publisher:
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publisher's website
Journal:
Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking Journal website
Volume:
14
Issue:
4
Pages:
253-258
Publication date:
2011-04-05
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EISSN:
2152-2723
ISSN:
2152-2715
URN:
uuid:1c5ca15c-d208-4c07-be5b-f245a0ba3049
Local pid:
ora:5482

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