Abstract Young people are often seen as a generation that shares too much, too openly online. Data were gathered by means of an online survey among respondents in the age range of 12 to year-old. The results showed that adolescents have most contacts and were most likely to add unknown contacts, while young adults disclosed most information and adjusted privacy settings most often. Implications of these findings in relation to future regulations of online behaviour are discussed. Keywords: online relationships, self-disclosure, self-presentation, information sharing, social network sites, development Introduction Social network sites SNSs , like other social media such as blogs and twitter, have found an important place in the lives of many people.
NCBI Bookshelf. This chapter provides a foundation for the remainder of the report. It summarizes current knowledge regarding young adulthood as a critical developmental period in the life course; highlights historical patterns and recent trends in the social and economic transitions of young adults in the United States; reviews data on the health status of the current cohort of young adults; briefly summarizes the literature on diversity and the effects of bias and discrimination on young adults' health and well-being; presents the committee's key findings and their implications; and enunciates several key principles to guide future action in assembling data, designing research, and formulating programs and policies pertaining to the health, safety, and well-being of young adults. Many of the topics summarized in this chapter are discussed in greater depth in subsequent chapters.
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Young adulthood is a neglected developmental period in the health sciences, relative to childhood, adolescence and older adulthood. This disparity is unfortunate because several important health issues affect young adults disproportionately. For instance, many health risk behaviors are more prevalent in young adulthood than in any other developmental period.