Sexy online teen chat room

Although we know that adolescents are spending considerable amounts of time on these applications, many questions remain.

Firstly, what are teens doing in communication forums such as chat rooms and blogs? Secondly, are these online communication activities fundamentally changing adolescent behavior or are they simply providing new venues for “traditional” adolescent behavior?

Unmonitored chat rooms are free and have no adult monitor.

We found that over 12% of all utterances were identity declarations; this amounts to over 2 identity declarations/minute.

Five percent of all utterances were sexual ones; this amounts to 1 sexual remark per minute.

In fact, Livingstone and Bober (2005) have coined the term reverse socialization to characterize the shifting nature of socialization that occurs in many families as teenage children are often more knowledgeable than their parent about these technologies.

Research has also suggested that adolescents’ interactions with these new technologies are often at the vanguard of trends to come (Greenfield & Subrahmanyam, 2003; Šmahel, 2006) and so studying their online behavior may provide a key to understanding virtual worlds of the future Among adolescents, communication is the most important use of the Internet (Subrahmanyam, Greenfield, Kraut, & Grosss, 2001; Gross, 2004; Šmahel, & Machovcová, 2006) and the popular communication applications include, e-mail, instant messaging (private, one-on-one, text-based conversations), chat rooms (communication systems that allow text-based conversation among multiple users), and the newest craze social networking sites (connects people together) including blogs ( My Space and Facebook.

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