This book provides an in-depth insight into what is currently known and relatively unknown about youths’ online peer engagement. It delivers state-of-the-art current reviews of the literature in the field, with a strong coverage of methodological issues in studying online friendships and an emphasis on moving towards a new, less dichotomic, view of online peer interaction in adolescence.

With a focus on what spending time with online-exclusive peers entails – in terms of both potential positive as well as negative consequences for friendship quality, intimacy, and well-being – this book offers a more nuanced commentary on youths’ online peer engagement. Including coverage of the evolution of online friendships, cyberbullying, cyberdating, sexting, online abuse, smartphones, social networks, as well as their impact on adolescent social interaction online, Van Zalk and Monks consider implications for future research directions and practical applications.

Online Peer Engagement in Adolescence is important reading for undergraduate and master students studying social and developmental psychology, education, relationships and health, as well as advanced researchers and academics working in these fields.

chapter 1|17 pages

Online peer engagement in adolescence

Moving away from “good vs. bad” to brave new frameworks
ByNejra Van Zalk

chapter 2|17 pages

Buddies, friends, and followers

The evolution of online friendships
ByJoanna C. Yau, Stephanie M. Reich

chapter 3|19 pages

Adolescent online friendships

The poor get poorer, or the rich get richer?
ByBarry H. Schneider, Yair Amichai-Hamburger, Antonia Lonigro

chapter 4|17 pages

Is online peer engagement bad for all youth all of the time?

The benefits and perils of online peer interactions
BySonya Negriff, Kaveri Subrahmanyam

chapter 5|14 pages


A changing phenomenon
ByJose A. Casas, Rosario Ortega-Ruiz, Claire P. Monks

chapter 6|18 pages

Links between online communication and compulsive internet use in adolescence

Is there a reason to worry?
ByNejra Van Zalk, Seung Ha Lee

chapter 7|19 pages

Cyberdating abuse and sexting in adolescence

ByVirginia Sánchez-Jiménez, Mónica Ojeda Pérez, Noelia Muñoz Fernández, Rosario Del Rey

chapter 8|18 pages

“Digital adolescence”

The effects of smartphones and social networking technologies on adolescents’ well-being
ByYaakov Ophir, Hananel Rosenberg, Yuliya Lipshits-Braziler, Yair Amichai-Hamburger

chapter 9|23 pages

Applying developmental theory to adolescent peer influence processes in the social media context

BySophia Choukas-Bradley, Jacqueline Nesi

chapter 10|15 pages

Adolescent relationships in a digital age

What do we know and where does the future lie?
ByClaire P. Monks, Nejra Van Zalk