Preadolescents' and adolescents' online communication and their closeness to friends.

  title={Preadolescents' and adolescents' online communication and their closeness to friends.},
  author={Patti M. Valkenburg and Jochen Peter},
  journal={Developmental psychology},
  volume={43 2},
The 1st goal of this study was to investigate how online communication is related to the closeness of existing friendships. Drawing from a sample of 794 preadolescents and adolescents, the authors found that online communication was positively related to the closeness of friendships. However, this effect held only for respondents who primarily communicated online with existing friends and not for those who mainly talked with strangers. The 2nd goal was to refine 2 opposing hypotheses, the rich… 

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