Social Media Use and Social Connectedness in Adolescents: The Positives and the Potential Pitfalls

  title={Social Media Use and Social Connectedness in Adolescents: The Positives and the Potential Pitfalls},
  author={Kelly‐Ann Allen and Tracii Ryan and DeLeon L. Gray and Dennis M. McInerney and Lea Waters},
  journal={The Educational and Developmental Psychologist},
  pages={18 - 31}
As social media use is rising among adolescents, the issue of whether this use leads to positive or negative outcomes warrants greater understanding. This article critically reviews the literature related to this important topic. Specifically, we examine how social media use affects social connectedness in terms of three elements of adolescent development: sense of belonging, psychosocial wellbeing, and identity development and processes. Mixed findings are reported regarding the role that… 

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