The Study of Virtual Life Dimensions of First and Second High School Students; the Analysis of Access, Attitudes to Social Media, Learning, and Online Interactions

Document Type : Research Paper

Authors

1 Allameh Tabatabaei university

2 Student

Abstract

Children and adolescents aged 12 to 18 are known as the generation with the most Internet users. The present study uses a survey method to analyze various dimensions of virtual life (online access analysis, attitude towards social media, attitude to learning on social media, online interaction pattern) of first and second 3year high school students (age group of 12 to 18 year old) and has explained their relationship with each other The statistical sample is 1200 people. And the validity of the researcher-made questionnaire has been confirmed by Cronbach's alpha of 0.86. Findings indicate that the average of respondents in each of these indicators is higher than the community average. The findings also show; Access to social media is positively correlated with the pattern of online interactions and attitudes toward online learning among first and second3year high school student Although there was no significant correlation between attitudes toward social media and attitudes toward online learning and the pattern of online interactions among first and second 3year high school students, there was a significant difference between girls' and boys' virtual life in terms of online interaction patterns. These findings confirm that the majority of online behavior of children and adolescents on social media completes their behavioral puzzle in the real world, not the other way around. Social media is an extension of the real-world interactions of children and adolescents. If teen users are integrating their online environment, then we should expect their online and offline worlds to be interconnected. As a result, digital worlds play the role of playgrounds for important breeding issues of offline lives; so we expect teens to bring the issues and challenges they face in their offline lives to their online hangouts. For teens, these include parenting issues such as sexual behavior, identity, intimacy, and interpersonal relationships

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