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Soc. Sci. 2018, 7(7), 115; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci7070115

Text You Pictures: The Role of Group Belonging, Race Identity, Race, and Gender in Older Adolescents’ Mobile Phone Use

School of Journalism and Media Studies, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182-4561, USA
Received: 8 June 2018 / Accepted: 2 July 2018 / Published: 16 July 2018
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Prior research underscores the value of social identity in adolescent development. Guided by social identity theory and employing an online survey, this study examined mobile phone use among older adolescents (18–19 years; n = 362), with special emphasis on social identity: group belonging, race identity, and group markers: race and gender. The findings confirmed that social identity markers play a role in popular forms of social mobile use (e.g., texting, phone camera, and music), especially among females. Nonwhite participants were more likely to report using generic phone apps for social compensation, although whites reported higher incidence of use than nonwhites for generic phone apps, texting, and taking pictures. View Full-Text
Keywords: mobile phone use; older adolescents; social identity; gender; race mobile phone use; older adolescents; social identity; gender; race
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