Actual friends matter: An internet skills perspective on teens' informal academic collaboration on Facebook

M. Laeeq Khan, Donghee Yvette Wohn, Nicole B. Ellison

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Abstract

Social media platforms such as Facebook enable adolescents to collaborate on academic activities, but this kind of participation may require a set of higher-order Internet skills. This study explores the factors that predict informal academic collaboration on Facebook, such as seeking help, discussing schoolwork, and finding class-related resources. Based on survey data collected from high school students (N = 690), we found that academic performance, perceived support from 'actual' Facebook friends, higher order Internet skills (especially information seeking skills), and instrumental support from Facebook friends predicted academic collaboration on Facebook. In light of these findings, theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-147
Number of pages10
JournalComputers and Education
Volume79
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education

Keywords

  • Academic collaboration
  • Facebook
  • Instrumental support
  • Internet skills
  • Social capital

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