Exploring Gender Differences: Socially Interactive Technology Use/Abuse among Dating Teens
Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work
This qualitative study explored gender differences in socially interactive technology (SIT) use/abuse among dating teens from Michigan (N = 23). Focus group transcripts were coded using three categories: (1) type of SIT (e.g., social networking); (2) abusive action (e.g., monitoring); and (3) consequence (e.g., jealousy). Texting and social networking were the most commonly used types of SIT. Spying/monitoring, sexting, and password sharing/account access were the most common abusive actions. Distrust and jealousy were the most frequent consequences. Young men and women differed in their conceptualization of SIT abuse. Most participants agreed that some abusive actions were typical parts of adolescent dating experiences.
Lucero, J. L., Weisz, A. N., & Smith-Darden, J., Lucero, S.M. (February, 2014). “Exploring Gender Differences: Socially Interactive Technology Use/Abuse among Dating Teens.” Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work. 29(4), 478-491. doi: 10.1177/0886109914522627