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So why have you added me? Adolescent girls’ technology-mediated attachments and relationships

Levine, Diane T.; Stekel, Dov J.


Diane T. Levine

Professor of Computational Biology


Technology plays an almost ubiquitous role in contemporary British society. Despite this, we do not have a well-theorised understanding of the ways adolescent girls use digital devices in the context of their developing secure relationships with their families and friends. This study aims to address this gap in understanding. Fifteen young women based in the Midlands and from across the socio-economic spectrum participated between 2012 and 2013. Participants completed three research tools exploring technology-mediated attachment and relationships, and participated in a face-to-face interview. The findings suggest that it is possible for girls to develop attachments with others through, and with, technology; technology use brings people together and mediates relationships in a range of ways encapsulated by attachment functions. The study highlights the ongoing importance of parental and peer relationships by suggesting that technology can act as a means by which the positive and negative attributes of existing relationships can be amplified.


Levine, D. T., & Stekel, D. J. (2016). So why have you added me? Adolescent girls’ technology-mediated attachments and relationships. Computers in Human Behavior, 63, 25-34.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 5, 2016
Online Publication Date May 14, 2016
Publication Date Oct 1, 2016
Deposit Date Dec 3, 2018
Journal Computers in Human Behavior
Print ISSN 0747-5632
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 63
Pages 25-34
Keywords Human-Computer Interaction; Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous); General Psychology
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