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Trends in the social and interpersonal relations of young people and digital natives in the Web 2.0

Author(s): Patricia Núñez-Gómez | María-Luisa García-Guardia | Lourdes-Ainhoa Hermida-Ayala

Journal: Revista Latina de Comunicación Social
ISSN 1138-5820

Volume: 67;
Issue: 945-966;
Start page: 179;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Social relations | web 2.0 | network | digital tools | young people | digital natives.

The development of the Web towards a Universal Digital Network entails a change in the behaviours, uses and competences of internet users. There are new forms to access, manage and design information and they are generating different behaviours in the management of such information and in social relations. Those who make greater use of such new resources and services are the so-called “digital natives”. The purpose of this research is to evaluate and analyse the socio-communicative behaviours and competences that young people and “digital natives” are developing in the Web. This phase of analysis is purely qualitative so the conclusions are only about trends. The results show that there are clear differences in the online behaviours of two age groups: the “digital natives” (14 to 17 year-olds) and the “digital immigrants” (18 to 35 year-olds).

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