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Wired Youth

The Online Social World of Adolescence, 2nd Edition

By Ilan Talmud, Gustavo S. Mesch


208 pages

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This fully updated new edition offers a research-based analysis of the online social world of adolescence, incorporating additional research findings that appeared during the last decade. Talmud and Mesch take a realistic, sociological approach to online adolescents’ communication, demonstrating how online sociability is embedded in the larger social structure and in technological affordances.

Combining perspectives from sociology, psychology and education with a focus on social constructionism, technological determinism and social networking, the authors present an empirically anchored review of the field. The book covers topics such as youth sociability, relationship formation, online communication and cyberbullying to examine how young people use the internet to construct or maintain their inter-personal relationships. This new edition also incorporates new research findings on online adolescent’s behaviour in general, and specifically in relation to social apps, providing a more updated outlook regarding various dimensions of adolescents’ online interactions.

Wired Youth is essential reading for advanced students of adolescent psychology, youth studies, media studies and the psychology and sociology of interpersonal relationships, as well as undergraduate students in developmental psychology, social psychology, youth studies, media studies, and sociology.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Information Age, Youth and Social Networks

Chapter 2: The Internet at Home

Chapter 3: Sociability and Internet Use

Chapter 4: Online Relationship Formation

Chapter 5: ICT And Existing Social Ties

Chapter 6: The Impact of ICT On Social Network Structure

Chapter 7: Online Communication and Negative Social Ties

Chapter 8: Summary, Discussion, And Concluding Remarks


About the Authors

Ilan Talmud is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Haifa.

Gustavo S. Mesch is a Professor of Sociology and the Rector of University of Haifa.

About the Series

Adolescence and Society

In the 20 years since it began, this series has published some of the key texts in the field of adolescent studies. The series has covered a very wide range of subjects, almost all of them being of central concern to students, researchers and practitioners. A mark of its success is that a number of books have gone to second and third editions, illustrating its popularity and reputation.

The primary aim of the series is to make accessible to the widest possible readership important and topical evidence relating to adolescent development. Much of this material is published in relatively inaccessible professional journals, and the objective of the books has been to summarise, review and place in context current work in the field, so as to interest and engage both an undergraduate and a professional audience.

The intention of the authors is to raise the profile of adolescent studies among professionals and in institutions of higher education. By publishing relatively short, readable books on topics of current interest to do with youth and society, the series makes people more aware of the relevance of the subject of adolescence to a wide range of social concerns.

The books do not put forward any one theoretical viewpoint. The authors outline the most prominent theories in the field and include a balanced and critical assessment of each of these. Whilst some of the books may have a clinical or applied slant, the majority concentrate on normal development.

The readership rests primarily in two major areas: the undergraduate market, particularly in the fields of psychology, sociology and education; and the professional training market, with particular emphasis on social work, clinical and educational psychology, counselling, youth work, nursing and teacher training.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Adolescent