ERIC Number: EJ1104216
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Implications of Social Media on African-American College Students' Communication Regarding Sex Partners
Khosrovani, Massomeh; Desai, Mayur S.
Education, v136 n4 p490-502 Sum 2016
The advent of mobile phone technologies and the emergence of new social media websites created a new platform for social interactions. This new phenomenon has positive features that allow individuals to interact socially and to conduct business. The use of social media also allows its users to share or exchange valuable knowledge and information, including those related to the health issues. Nonetheless, there are dark sides to this social phenomenon. For instance, the openness and widespread use of the various forms of social media may allow easy access to sexual partners on those websites. This study investigates whether African-American college students utilize social media or text messaging to solicit sex partners, and to seek romantic dates. In addition, it examines whether student participants share or exchange information on sexually transferable diseases on social media websites. Data indicated that the majority of the students did not use social media to seek sex partner(s), nor utilized phone text messaging to facilitate sexual encounters. Furthermore, an overwhelming majority believed that social media is a useful tool for spreading health information on STDs/HIV.
Descriptors: Social Media, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, African American Students, College Students, Interpersonal Communication, Sexuality, Intimacy, Dating (Social), Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Information Dissemination, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Qualitative Research, Surveys, Questionnaires, Interviews, Statistical Analysis, Black Colleges
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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