Comfortably Numb: Danish Teens’ Attitudes Towards Social Media Platforms

Mikkel Villebro, Irina Shklovski, Luca Rossi, Alex Bhørstorp

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How do teens deal with the complexities of the digital world? Although many scholars have asked this question, few have considered not only the interpersonal concerns that loom large in the lives of teens and young adults but also their relationship with the social media platforms which have become so central to their lives. In this paper we present a study of Danish teens’ attitudes towards social media platforms they use most – Facebook and Snapchat. We find gender differences in attitudes toward each platform. We also illustrate the potential role of a digital education effort in changing teen attitudes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Conference on Social Media and Society : SMSociety '18
EditorsAnatoliy Gruzd, Jenna Jacobson, Philip Mai, Jeff Hemsley, K. Hazel Kwon, Ravi Vatrapu, Anabel Quan-Haase, Luke Sloan, Jaigris Hodson
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2018
Article number21
ISBN (Print)9781450363341
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventThe 9th International Conference on Social Media & Society. SMSociety 2018 - Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark
Duration: 18 Jul 201820 Jul 2018
Conference number: 9


ConferenceThe 9th International Conference on Social Media & Society. SMSociety 2018
LocationCopenhagen Business School
Internet address
SeriesACM International Conference Proceeding Series


  • Teens
  • Privacy
  • Trust
  • Social media
  • Platforms
  • Snapchat
  • Facebook

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