A Study on Private SNS (Social Networking Service) Usage of Seniors

  • Cheongah Kim
  • Younghawn Pan
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 435)


As online SNS market has rapidly grown in recent years, the user preference has shifted from open SNS to private SNS which provides closer, more private communication space. Also, the age group of users has expanded to those in their 50s and above, forming a network with real-names and social relationships on a daily basis. Based on various ties, achievement, and social status built offline, the seniors are integrating their online and offline identity. Thus, this study has examined their private SNS usage patterns to explore how the SNS influences their interpersonal and social relationships, in terms of adding new characteristics. The ultimate goal of this study is to improve and enhance the social relationships of seniors offline through private SNS to boost their life satisfaction by expanding their social ties.


SNS (Social networking service) Private SNS Senior Smart senior BAND 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cheongah Kim
    • 1
  • Younghawn Pan
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Techno DesignKookmin UniversitySeoulKorea

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