Attitudes, perceptions and Internet and social networks use among Galician teens

  • Antonio Rial UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
  • Patricia Gómez UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
  • Jesus Varela UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
  • Teresa Braña UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Keywords: Internet, social networks, adolescents, new technologies, ciberdependence

Abstract

Researchers and institutions have shown an increasing concern about how adolescents might misuse the Internet. Its psychological and behavioral impact often translate into the emergence of addictive behaviors, school failure and family problems. Given the interest that this issue has generated on an increasingly wider scale, the aim of this paper is twofold: (1) to provide data to determine, from a descriptive point of view, what exactly are the attitudes, perceptions and habits of adolescent Internet and social networks use and (2) a deeper understanding of the issue, contributing to the design of prevention and control strategies which will encourage a more rational and healthy Net use. On the basis of a survey of Compulsory Secondary School students from Galicia, which involved a total of 2339 individuals, the results obtained demonstrate the high level of Internet use penetration among the studied population and make it possible to gauge the true magnitude of the problem with empirical data. Although the obtained numbers do not justify an alarmist attitude, they do indicate the need to implement specific action plans immediately.

Author Biographies

Antonio Rial, UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
PROFESOR TITULAR. ÁREA DE METODOLOGÍA DE LAS CC. DEL COMPORTAMIENTO
Patricia Gómez, UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
INVESTIGADORA. ÁREA DE METODOLOGÍA DE LAS CC. DEL COMPORTAMIENTO
Jesus Varela, UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
CATEDRÁTICO. ÁREA DE METODOLOGÍA DE LAS CC. DEL COMPORTAMIENTO
Teresa Braña, UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
PROFESORA TITULAR. ÁREA DE METODOLOGÍA DE LAS CC. DEL COMPORTAMIENTO

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Published
08-04-2014
How to Cite
Rial, A., Gómez, P., Varela, J., & Braña, T. (2014). Attitudes, perceptions and Internet and social networks use among Galician teens. Anales De Psicología / Annals of Psychology, 30(2), 642-655. https://doi.org/10.6018/analesps.30.2.159111
Section
Adolescence and psychology