The influence of online communication on youth’s interpersonal relationship

WU Xinhui 1 CHEN Yunsong2

(1.School of Humanities and Law, Hangzhou Dianzi University)
(2.School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Nanjing University)

【Abstract】Based on the survey data from Chinese Social Survey 2013, this paper has tried to explore the influence of online communication on youth’s interpersonal relationship by Heckman’s two-stage selection model. The pattern of online communication includes receiving and sending e-mails, chatting and making friends, blog/Weibo applications, and others. This paper has examined the displacement hypothesis, the reinforcement hypothesis and no impact hypothesis regarding the influence of online communication pattern on youth’s interpersonal relationship. According to the findings, different types of online communication have different influences on youth’s interpersonal relationship: receiving and sending e-mails have positive correlations with the relationships with leaders and strangers; chatting and making friends have negative correlations with the relationship with colleagues; the blog/Weibo applications have no significant influences on strong ties and weak ties. Each kind of online communication has no significant influence on the relationship with families. They could not reinforce or displace the relationship with families. There is weak relationship between interpersonal relationship and online communication, whose influence is less than factors such as occupational type and physical condition.

【Keywords】 online communication; youth’s interpersonal relationship; strong ties; weak ties;


【Funds】 The National Social Science Fund of China (15ZDC023) The Research Center of Information Technology & Economic and Social Development (2013XXHJD007Y)

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    [1]. ① The relationship between young people and their colleagues may be different in all kinds of working environment; and some of them may have close ties, but others are not. We cannot distinguish the strength or weakness of colleague relationship as there is no measurement of the relationship strength in CSS2013 survey. However, the evaluation on the satisfaction in respect of the relationship between the respondents and their colleagues in the survey is more than 8 points. For this purpose, the authors regard the colleague relationship as a strong tie. [^Back]


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