Motivation in Teenage Users of Social Media



The paper describes outcomes of a research on motivation in teenage users of virtual communicative spaces, that is, social networking sites. The hypothesis was that there is a correlation between teenagers' online activity in social media and features of their motivation. As it was revealed, types of teenagers' activities in social networking sites and types of motivation follow a certain hierarchy. Also, there are significant differences in motivations and time perspective in teenagers with different characteristics of online activity. The paper shows how these visible differences may be used in creating psychological motivational portraits of adolescents carrying out various activities in social media.

General Information

Keywords: social media, activity, motivation, social interaction, teenagers, time perspective, motivation induction method

Journal rubric: Experimental Research

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Fyodorov V.V., Mileev I.D. Motivation in Teenage Users of Social Media . Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2015. Vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 98–108. DOI: 10.17759/sps.2015060307. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Valery V. Fyodorov, Senior lecturer at the Department of Social Psychology, Senior Researcher of Scientific and Practical Center for Comprehensive Support of Psychological Research PsyDATA, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Ivan D. Mileev, Educational psychologist, social pedagogue, Makarenko Center for Out-of-School Time Activities, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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