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The purpose of the study is to investigate
the adolescents’ interpersonal relationships with friends, parents, and
teachers when using Facebook for interaction. A total of 740 junior high school
students were invited to fill in a questionnaire and 673 questionnaires were available.
Data were analyzed using one-way analysis of variance and paired-samples t-test. The analytic result confirms that
adolescents with high frequency use of Facebook for interactions can expand
their interpersonal relationships with friends than those who with low
frequency use, regardless of real-life or virtual relationships. However, their
real-life interpersonal relationships with parents may weaken if overly use
Internet tools for interactions. Another finding, eliminating the factor of the
time on Facebook use, reveals that the adolescents’ real-life interpersonal relationships are stronger than
virtual interpersonal relationships, regardless of with friends, parents, and
teachers. Combining the above two findings, it is worth noting that the
real-life interaction with parents may reduce if overly use Internet tools for
interactions. This study contributes to the literature by investigating the adolescents’ relationships
with friends, parents and teachers and indicates the potential program when
adolescents using Facebook use for interaction. This study, thus, further recommends that parents should be concerned their
children about Facebook use.
The rise of social networking sites have led to changes in the nature of our social relationships, as well as how we present and perceive ourselves. The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship among the following in adults: use of a highly popular social networking site—Facebook, empathy, and narcissism. The findings indicated that some Facebook activities, such as chatting, were linked to aspects of empathic concern, such as higher levels of Perspective Taking in males. The Photo feature in Facebook was also linked to better ability to place themselves in fictional situations. For only the females, viewing videos was associated with the extent to which they could identify with someone’s distress. The data also indicated that certain aspects of Facebook use, such as the photo feature, were linked to narcissism. However, the overall pattern of findings suggests that social media is primarily a tool for staying connected, than for self-promotion.