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So why have you added me? Adolescent girls’ technology-mediated attachments and relationships

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posted on 2021-03-16, 14:28 authored by Diane T Levine, Dov J Stekel
Technology plays an almost ubiquitous role in contemporary British society. Despite this, we do not have a well-theorised understanding of the ways adolescent girls use digital devices in the context of their developing secure relationships with their families and friends. This study aims to address this gap in understanding. Fifteen young women based in the Midlands and from across the socio-economic spectrum participated between 2012 and 2013. Participants completed three research tools exploring technology-mediated attachment and relationships, and participated in a face-to-face interview. The findings suggest that it is possible for girls to develop attachments with others through, and with, technology; technology use brings people together and mediates relationships in a range of ways encapsulated by attachment functions. The study highlights the ongoing importance of parental and peer relationships by suggesting that technology can act as a means by which the positive and negative attributes of existing relationships can be amplified.

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Computers in Human Behavior Volume 63, October 2016, Pages 25-34

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Computers in Human Behavior

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63

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25 - 34

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Elsevier BV

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0747-5632

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2016

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2021-03-16

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en

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