Adolescents’ Use of Information and Communication Technologies for Communication with Parents: The Key Determinants and Consequences of Family Relationship
|Keywords:||青少年;新媒體科技;家庭溝通模式;關係維繫;親密關係;adolescence;new media technology;family communication patterns (FCP);relational maintenance;intimacy|
National Chiao Tung University. Taiwan Academy for Information Society.
The widespread Internet and mobile access to new technologies has affected adolescents’ daily lives. Prior studies have attributed the influences of emerging technologies to the negative effects of adolescent behavior, while little attention was given to the results of family relationships. Drawing from the perspectives of communication motives and family relationships, this study develops an empirical model by investigating the connections between adolescents’ communication motives and their perceptions of relational maintenance and intimacy with their parents. The uses of media technologies, family communication patterns, and the parents’ roles are also included to explore the multiplicity of the relationships. A group of 307 adolescents were surveyed and analyzed by statistical methods. The results show that adolescents prefer using instant messaging to communicate with their parents, which motivates them to express their feelings and assurances. In addition, geographical location and family communication patterns affect adolescents’ perceptions of communication motives, relational maintenance, and intimacy. Finally, the empirical model is proved to not only compare the adolescents’ perceptions of using different media in family communication but also reveal the consequences that correspond to the parent-adolescent dyads relationships. The implications are expected to help social workers and parents to consolidate relationships with adolescents through the complement of new communication media
The Journal of Information Society
|Appears in Collections:||Journal of Cyber Culture and Information Society|
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