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Research has also suggested that adolescents’ interactions with these new technologies are often at the vanguard of trends to come (Greenfield & Subrahmanyam, 2003; Šmahel, 2006) and so studying their online behavior may provide a key to understanding virtual worlds of the future Among adolescents, communication is the most important use of the Internet (Subrahmanyam, Greenfield, Kraut, & Grosss, 2001; Gross, 2004; Šmahel, & Machovcová, 2006) and the popular communication applications include, e-mail, instant messaging (private, one-on-one, text-based conversations), chat rooms (communication systems that allow text-based conversation among multiple users), and the newest craze social networking sites (connects people together) including blogs ( My Space and Facebook.

Although we know that adolescents are spending considerable amounts of time on these applications, many questions remain.

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Are these new forms fundamentally changing adolescent behavior or are they simply providing new venues for what are “traditionally” adolescent issues?

In this talk, I will present findings from studies on two different communication forms to argue that these new Internet forums are being used by adolescents to confront and deal with the changes and developmental issues that they have always faced.

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