University students´ uses of the social network Tuenti and their addiction levels: The protective role of the positive attitude toward mothers´ presence as contact
The present work aimed to study, from the uses and gratifications paradigm, the uses that Spanish university students (N=221) do of the social networking site Tuenti, and the relationship between these uses and young's self-reported levels of addiction towards Tuenti. Also, the students' attitudes towards the presence of their parents as contacts in Tuenti, and the impact of gender were analized. The results showed four different categories of uses: entertainment, public communication, private communication and social information. Also, young's positive attitude toward the presence of the mother in Tuenti played a protective role in their addition levels towards this social networking site. Finally, statistically significant gender differences in the uses of Tuenti and also in their addiction levels toward Tuenti were found.
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