The Effects of Instant Messaging on the Quality of Adolescents’ Existing Friendships: A Longitudinal Study

  title={The Effects of Instant Messaging on the Quality of Adolescents’ Existing Friendships: A Longitudinal Study},
  author={Patti M. Valkenburg and Jochen Peter},
  journal={Journal of Leukocyte Biology},
Recent studies suggest that instant messaging (IM) is positively related to the quality of adolescents’ existing friendships. [] Key Method A sample of 812 Dutch adolescents between 10 and 17 years of age were surveyed twice within a 6-month interval. IM had a positive longitudinal effect on the quality of adolescents’ existing friendships. This direct positive effect could be explained entirely by adolescents’ tendency to disclose intimate information online.

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