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Walking the Tightrope Between Online and Offline Life: What Adolescents Learn about CMC through Interactions in Social Media

, , Concordia University, Canada

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada ISBN 978-1-939797-16-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Never, in the history of humanity, have adolescents been so networked. The literature in the domain of adolescence and social media has shown the value of their online interactions and what they can learn through computer-mediated communication (CMC). While the subject of adolescents and social media is widely covered by the literature, we know very little about how they mentally construe their practices in CMC. We conducted a qualitative interpretive study with a network of adolescents that could provide a better understanding of how they perceive their experiences in social media and how they make choices in regards to digital tools they use in CMC. Our results show they believed that if they did not exist online they would disappear offline. In addition, their constructions of their interactions online were informed, strategic and evolved over time.


Naffi, N. & Davidson, A.L. (2015). Walking the Tightrope Between Online and Offline Life: What Adolescents Learn about CMC through Interactions in Social Media. In S. Carliner, C. Fulford & N. Ostashewski (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2015--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 433-438). Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 18, 2019 from .


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