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Social Psychology and Society

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2221-1527

ISSN (online): 2311-7052


License: CC BY-NC 4.0

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Motivation in Teenage Users of Social Media 3130

Fyodorov V.V.
Senior lecturer at the Department of Social Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education; business coach and freelance consultant, Moscow, Russia, Moscow, Russia

Mileev I.D.
Educational psychologist, social pedagogue, Makarenko Center for Out-of-School Time Activities, Moscow, Russia

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.

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

Column: Experimental Research


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