Explicating problematic social network sites use: A review of concepts, theoretical frameworks, and future directions for communication theorizing
Lee, Edmund Wei Jian
Ho, Shirley S.
Lwin, May Oo
Date of Issue2017
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
The prevalence of social network sites (SNSs) has sparked a growing interest in understanding the development of problematic SNSs use among adolescents. Yet, this nascent area of research is marked by some deficiencies in existing theoretical paradigms. This article seeks to review the state of research in problematic SNSs use—broadly with a specific focus on adolescents—and identify key areas of research for future scholarly work. First, we summarize the historical and recent developments of media addiction and problematic SNSs use research. Second, we discuss the theoretical perspectives that contribute to our understanding of the problematic SNSs use phenomenon and identify the weaknesses of these frameworks. Third, we propose that communication scholars should strive for theoretical integration and examine the impact of microsystem (e.g. parents and peers) and macrosystem (e.g. surveillance culture) on the development of problematic SNSs among adolescents. Directions for future theoretical and methodological approaches are suggested.
social network sites (SNSs)
New Media & Society
© 2016 The Author(s). This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication in New Media & Society, published by SAGE Publications on behalf of The Author(s). It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1461444816671891].