In this chapter, we review the developmental, social, and clinical psychology literature on how adolescents are positively and negatively impacted by using social technologies such as mobile phones, social media sites, and interactive video gaming. Beneficial aspects include a sense of social connectivity and sense of belonging, personal contentment and self-esteem, emotional expression/control, and identity development. Maladaptive aspects include alienation and social anxiety, body dissatisfaction and disordered eating, triggering of emotions such as depression, and exposure to sexual content. Mental health clinicians and practitioners can gain greater awareness of the strengths and drawbacks of social technologies when faced with adolescent clients who exhibit symptoms that may need intervention.
- Adolescent mental health
- Social networking
- Social media sites
- Mobile phone use
- Video gaming
- Social technologies
- Social development
- Emotional development
- Sense of belonging
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Funding for the Media & Identity Project was provided by the 35th Anniversary Fund at Wellesley Centers for Women and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections. We wholeheartedly thank Megan Moreno and Ana Radovic for insightful feedback on this chapter. We are grateful for Ineke Ceder’s editorial expertise and the students who made the data collection possible for the first wave of the Media & Identity Project: Temple Price, Huiying Bernice Chan, Budnampet Ramanudom, and Betsy Eriksen.
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Charmaraman, L., Gladstone, T., Richer, A. (2018). Positive and Negative Associations Between Adolescent Mental Health and Technology. In: Moreno, M., Radovic, A. (eds) Technology and Adolescent Mental Health . Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69638-6_5
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