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2nd Edition

Wired Youth
The Online Social World of Adolescence

ISBN 9780815378846
Published May 14, 2020 by Routledge
218 Pages

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Book Description

This fully updated new edition offers a research-based analysis of the online social world of adolescence, incorporating additional research findings that have 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 adolescents' 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: Conclusion



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

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