Media use and adjustment of adolescents according to the types of internet use: Focusing on blog-type and game-type

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

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Abstract

The present study focused on the differences between blog-types and game-types of adolescents in their use of internet and other media as well as in their adjustment for everyday life. A survey research was conducted with 1,400 samples from upper primary and middle school students. Results showed that though there was no significant difference between blog-types and game-types in their weekday internet time, there were dramatic differences in the patterns of their internet use in a number of aspects. Game-type students almost exclusively use internet for games and are frequently linked to violent sites, while blog-type students use various functions of internet such as online community, messenger, downloading music and images, etc. Besides, significant difference was also found in their using media other than internet. Specifically, blog-types prefer non-competitive and relation/emotion-focused programs such as TV drama, music video, etc., while game-types prefer competitive and entertaining programs such as sports and animations. Game-types demonstrated higher internet addiction, while blog-types indicated higher adjustment for school life. In particular, blog-types perceived social support and self-image higher than game types as well as held higher self-control than game types, so that the former proves to be better adjusted to everyday lives than the latter. The present study suggests that even the same new media can function quite differently depending on the types of users, which might be caused by the transfer of users' life styles to media use. It is time to pay attention to the variety of use even within the same internet
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)392-425
Number of pages34
JournalKorean Journal of Journalism and Communication Studies
Volume51
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

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