Defining user groups on internet usage pattern of adolescents and Its relation to relationships with peers

Sora Park, Eun-mee Kim, Eun-yeong Na

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The internet is unique since there are so many different services available. Previous research on internet users show that there are differences between users and demographics. However, less attention has been paid to how we can categorize internet users into meaningful groups and how this different usage behavior affects other social behaviors. In this study, we attempt to classify users into distinctive groups according to the behavior and also look at how each group differs in the social relationships. A national survey of 1400 adolescents was conducted in 2006 and the results show that there are differences in the range of social relationships, Online relationships and friendliness towards others. The multi-usage group was the most active seekers of friendship and had a positive view of other people. Media usage habits are formed early in the day and it is important to know how adolescents form internet usage habits and what the consequences are. This study is a descriptive attempt to examine how the adolescents' internet usage patterns are related to their patterns in friendship
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-82
Number of pages44
JournalJournal of Cybercommunication Academic Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


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