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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 7-9

Effectiveness of social networking sites on loneliness among adolescents

Lecturer, Vijay Marie College of Nursing, Hyderabad, India

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Anumol Josep
Lecturer, Vijay Marie College of Nursing, Hyderabad
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DOI: 10.4103/2231-1505.260551

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Social network services are web-based and provide means for users to communicate over the internet. Social networking sites allow users to show ideas, activities, events and interests within their individual networks. A study was conducted with the aim to assess the effect of social networking sites on loneliness of adolescents. The study was conducted in Narayana Junior College, Shamshabad, Hyderabad, Telangana. The sample size was 60 were in the age group from 15-17 years, purposive sampling technique was used to recruit samples for the study. A structured questionnaire comprising of 30 questions was used to collect the data from the subjects. The result of the study revealed that 96.6% of adolescents had moderate loneliness, 3.4 of adolescent had severe loneliness and none of the samples reported to have mild loneliness which is indicative that adolescents suffer from loneliness which often goes undetected. The study concluded that with the knowledge of influences of social networking site on mental health, the nurses through awareness and education at the primordial and primary level of prevention can help to arrest loneliness at the earliest.

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