Social Tie Strength and Online Victimization : An Analysis of Young People Aged 15-30 Years in Four Nations

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Keipi , T , Kaakinen , M , Oksanen , A & Räsänen , P 2017 , ' Social Tie Strength and Online Victimization : An Analysis of Young People Aged 15-30 Years in Four Nations ' , Social Media + Society , vol. 3 , no. 1 , 2056305117690013 . https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305117690013

Title: Social Tie Strength and Online Victimization : An Analysis of Young People Aged 15-30 Years in Four Nations
Author: Keipi, Teo; Kaakinen, Markus; Oksanen, Atte; Räsänen, Pekka
Contributor: University of Helsinki, University of Tampere
University of Helsinki, University Management
Date: 2017-01-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 12
Belongs to series: Social Media + Society
ISSN: 2056-3051
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/303767
Abstract: Online interaction through the use of social networking sites (SNS) continues to be a significant component of the socialization of young people today, yet little research exists toward linking various relational forms to prevalent and much-studied online risks cross-nationally. This article provides a link between relational dynamics and online risks identified in previous research toward a new perspective on how social tie strength is related to experiences of hate victimization and harassment online. The analysis is based on survey data of Finnish (n = 555), American (n = 1033), German (n = 978), and British (n = 999) young people aged 15-30 years. Variables, including age, gender, main activity, SNS use, quantity, and extent of online and offline social networks including social tie strength and online community identification, were analyzed toward finding their associations with online hate victimization and harassment. Results showed that experiences of hate victimization and harassment were similar cross-nationally and that those who were personally harassed online also reported high SNS activity. Furthermore, no association was found between social network size and negative experiences. Notable cross-national differences were also detected in the results. Findings emphasize the importance of understanding variables fostering online risks for young people while providing a new perspective on what aspects of social life may help negate negative effects online.
Subject: 5144 Social psychology
internet
young people
social networking
victimization
social ties
networking sites
internet use
bullying experiences
teenagers use
adolescents
youth
harrassment
exposure
Facebook
risk
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