Russian Psychological Issues
JournalsTopicsAuthorsEditor's Choice Manuscript SubmissionAbout PsyJournals.ruContact Us
Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy - №4 / 2021 | Перейти к описанию
Web of Science СС

  Previous issue (2021. Vol. 29, no. 3)

Included in Scopus

22th percentile
Powered by  Scopus

SCImago Journal & Country Rank

Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2075-3470

ISSN (online): 2311-9446


License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published since 1992

Published quarterly

Free of fees
Open Access Journal


Social Media as a Field of a Modern Teenager’s Socialization 3232


Sobkin V.S.
Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Member of the Russian Academy of Education, Head of the Center for Sociology of Education,, Institute of Education Management, Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia

Fedotova A.V.
researcher, Center for Sociology of Education FSBSI «Institute of Education Management, Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia

The paper explores teenagers’ attitude towards social media: their opinion about functions, specifics, and content of the interaction. The analysis is based on the data of a questionnaire survey carried out by the staff of the Centre of Sociology of Education (Institute of Education Management of the Russian Academy of Education). The survey involved 2074 students of 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th grades of schools of the Moscow Oblast. The data obtained in the research reveal specific gender and age differences. In using social media male students aim at expanding their social contacts, whereas female students are more interested in its informational and educational functions. The interest in the topic of personal relationships increases with age. The data showed that use of social media depends on student’s social status: those with high status among classmates value interaction in social media for its “freedom”, while those who have low status in real life emphasize the possibility to have a different self—representation in social media. According to the survey motives and activity in social media of those adolescents who consider their profiles as ‘provocative’ or ‘explicit’ significantly differ from those who want to keep their real-life personality (p≤0,05 for all comparisons). The results allow us to conclude that to a modern adolescent social media is a social testing ground where they solve their age-related and social conflicts.

Keywords: social media, adolescence, motives for using social media, social status, gender specifics, intensive use of social media, online self—presentation

Column: Maturation in the digital society


For Reference

  1. Belinskaya E.P. Informatsionnaya sotsializatsiya podrostkov: opyt pol’zovaniya sotsial’nymi setyami i psikhologicheskoe blagopoluchie [Elektronnyi resurs] [Informational socialization of adolescents: the experience of using social networks and psychological well—being]. Psikhologicheskie issledovaniya [Psychological Studies], 2013. Vol. 6 (30), p. 5. Available at: num/2013v6n30/858-belinskaya30.html (Accessed 02.04.2019).
  2. Bochaver A.A., Khlomov K.D. Kiberbulling: travlya v prostranstve sovremennykh tekhnologii [Cyberbullying: Harassment in the Space of Modern Technologies]. Psikhologiya. Zhurnal Vysshei shkoly ekonomiki [Psychology. Journal of the Higher School of Economics], 2014. Vol. 11 (3), pp. 177—191.
  3. Martsinkovskaya T.D. Informatsionnoe prostranstvo kak faktor sotsializatsii sovremennykh podrostkov [Information Space as a Factor of Modern Teenagers’ Socialization]. Mir psikhologii [The World of Psychology], 2010, no. 3, pp. 90— 102.
  4. Sobkin V.S. Sovremennyi podrostok v sotsial’nykh setyakh [The modern teenager on social networks]. Pedagogika [Pedagogics], 2016, no. 8, pp. 61—72.
  5. Sobkin V.S., Fedotova A.V. Podrostkovaya agressiya v sotsial’nykh setyakh: vospriyatie i lichnyi opyt [Adolescent aggression in social media: perception and personal experience]. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie [Psychological Science and Education], 2019. Vol. 24 (2), pp. 5—18. doi:10.17759/pse.2019240201. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.).
  6. Sobkin V.S., Fedotova A.V. Podrostok v sotsial’nykh setyakh: k voprosu o sotsial’no-psikhologicheskom samochuvstvii [Adolescent in social networks: on the issue of social psychological well-being]. Natsional’nyi psikhologicheskii zhurnal [National Psychological Journal], 2018, no. 3 (31), pp. 23—36. doi:10.11621/npj.2018.0303
  7. Sobkin V.S., Fedotova A.V. Podrostok v sotsial’nykh setyakh: riski i reaktsii [Teenager and social networking: risks and response]. Voprosy psikhicheskogo zdorov’ya detei i podrostkov [Mental Health of Children and Adolescents], 2018, no. 1, pp. 47—56.
  8. Soldatova G.U. Tsifrovaya sotsializatsiya v kul’turno-istoricheskoi paradigme: izmenyayushchiisya rebenok v izmenyayushchemsya mire [Digital socialization in the cultural-historical paradigm: a changing child in a changing world]. Sotsial’naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo [Social Psychology and Society], 2018. Vol. 9 (3), pp. 71— 80. doi:10.17759/sps.2018090308. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.).
  9. Soldatova G.U., Shlyapnikov V.N., Zhurina M.A. Evolyutsiya onlain-riskov: itogi pyatiletnei raboty linii pomoshchi “Deti Onlain” [The evolution of online-risks: the results of helpline “KIDS ONLINE” five years work]. Konsul’tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya [Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy], 2015. Vol. 23 (3), pp. 50—66. doi:10.17759/cpp.2015230304. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.).
  10. Brenner V. Psychology of Computer Use: XLVII. Parameters of Internet Use, abuse, and addiction: The first 90 days of the Internet Usage Survey. Psychological Reports, 1997. Vol. 80 (3), pp. 879—882. doi:10.2466/pr0.1997.80.3.879
  11. Kowalski R.M., Limber S.P. Psychological, Physical, and Academic Correlates of Cyberbullying and Traditional Bullying. Journal of Adolescent Health, 2013. Vol. 53 (1), pp. 13—20. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2012.09.018
  12. Manago A.M., Graham M.B., Greenfield P.M., et al. Self-presentation and gender on MySpace. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 2008. Vol. 29 (6), pp. 446—458. doi:10.1016/j.appdev.2008.07.001
  13. Marino C., Gini G., Vieno A., et al. The associations between problematic Facebook use, psychological distress and well-being among adolescents and young adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders, 2018. Vol. 226, pp. 274—281. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2017.10.007
  14. Muscanell N.L., Guadagno R.E. Make new friends or keep the old: Gender and personality differences in social networking use. Computers in Human Behavior, 2012. Vol. 28 (1), pp. 107—112. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2011.08.016
  15. Oprea C., Stan A. Adolescents perceptions of online communication. Procedia — Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2012. Vol. 46, pp. 4089—4091. doi:10.1016/j. sbspro.2012.06.204
  16. Pierce T. Social anxiety and technology: Face-to-face communication versus technological communication among teens. Computers in Human Behavior, 2009. Vol. 25 (6), pp. 1367—1372. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2009.06.003

© 2007–2022 Portal of Russian Psychological Publications. All rights reserved in Russian

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

Catalogue of academic journals in psychology & education MSUPE

Creative Commons License Open Access Repository     Webometrics Ranking of Repositories

RSS Psyjournals at facebook Psyjournals at Twitter Psyjournals at Youtube ??????.???????