el 11(1): e4

Research Article

On the importance of social network sites in the transitions which characterize ‘emerging adulthood’

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/icst.trans.eeel.2011.e4,
        author={Gianluca Frozzi and Elvis Mazzoni},
        title={On the importance of social network sites in the transitions which characterize ‘emerging adulthood’},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on e-Learning},
        volume={1},
        number={1},
        publisher={ICST},
        journal_a={EL},
        year={2011},
        month={9},
        keywords={activity systems, emerging adulthood, social capital, social network sites, transitions},
        doi={10.4108/icst.trans.eeel.2011.e4}
    }
    
  • Gianluca Frozzi
    Elvis Mazzoni
    Year: 2011
    On the importance of social network sites in the transitions which characterize ‘emerging adulthood’
    EL
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.trans.eeel.2011.e4
Gianluca Frozzi1,*, Elvis Mazzoni1
  • 1: S.E.Fo.R.A. Lab, Faculty of Psychology, Alma Mater Studiorum—University of Bologna, Piazza A. Moro, 90, 47521 Cesena (FC), Italy
*Contact email: gianluca.frozzi@gmail.com

Abstract

Modern-day economic and socio-cultural developments require people to be ever more specialized and mobile in their educational and professional choices. This is particularly relevant for ‘emerging adults’, that is to say, those who find themselves at that stage of life when their scholastic or university education ends, and they begin to make choices regarding their professional working life. Transitions between different activity systems, and changes of residence which they entail, make ‘emerging adulthood’ a particularly unstable period in which young people continually dissolve, create and recreate relationship networks of varying degrees of importance which are able to support them through these changes. Beginning with empirical evidence and theoretical starting points typical of the psychology of education and development, this contribution proposes a theoretical reflection which attempts to analyze the efficacy of Social Network Sites in facilitating and supporting emerging adults during their education and vocational training and the important transitions which they have to face as they develop.