Old Communication, New Literacies: Social Network Sites as Social Learning Resources

  title={Old Communication, New Literacies: Social Network Sites as Social Learning Resources},
  author={Christine Greenhow and Beth Robelia},
  journal={J. Computer-Mediated Communication},
This study examined the role of a social network site (SNS) in the lives of 11 high school teenagers from low-income families in the U.S. We conducted interviews, talk-alouds and content analysis of MySpace profiles. Qualitative analysis of these data revealed three themes. First, SNSs facilitated emotional support, helped maintain relationships, and provided a platform for self-presentation. Second, students used their online social network to fulfill essential social learning functions. Third… CONTINUE READING
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