Social Networks and the Readiness of Young People to Realize Themselves in a Digital Society



The article examines the influence of time spent in social networks on the formation of digital competencies of young people. 807 high school students and students of Nizhny Novgorod universities took part in the survey. The study identified three groups of young people depending on the time spent on social networks: the first group tries to limit the time spent on the Internet, including on social networks; the second group spends several hours a day on social networks; the third group spends all their free time on social networks. It is revealed that the second group is the most successful in the formation of digital competencies. She has higher rates of computer program proficiency and skills in using spreadsheets in analytics, speaks more often about the experience of creating computer products, has experience of remote work at home, actively uses the public services website. The first group feels constrained in the digital reality, which affects the low level of mastering digital competencies in the process of growing up. The third group also demonstrates low indicators of the formation of digital competencies, which is associated with dependence on social networks and an emphasis on satisfying hedonistic needs.

General Information

Keywords: social networks, digital competence, digital society

Publication rubric: Internet and Risks of Communication in the Digital Environment

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Voskresenskaya N. Social Networks and the Readiness of Young People to Realize Themselves in a Digital Society. Digital Humanities and Technology in Education (DHTE 2021): Collection of Articles of the II All-Russian Scientific and Practical Conference with International Participation. November 11-12, 2021 / V.V. Rubtsov, M.G. Sorokova, N.P. Radchikova (Eds). Moscow: Publishing house MSUPE, 2021., pp. 465–475.


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Natalia Voskresenskaya, PhD in Psychology, senior lecturer, Department of Politics and Communication Theory, Nizhny Novgorod State University, Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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