Date of Submission
Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2015 Molly R O'Donnell
This literature review provides a holistic assessment of childhood interaction by investigating the many ways in which new technologies have influenced both high-quality and low-quality childhood friendships. As technology becomes increasingly more prevalent in society and inevitably continues to evolve peer-to-peer communication, traditional approaches to social interaction have adopted entirely new mediums. Children are now being exposed to communication-altering devices younger than ever before, which has profoundly influenced their social relationships. This thesis explores past competing research on the topic of children and technology by explaining the many ways in which technology has both helped children develop high-quality peer relationships, and also accentuated many characteristics of low-quality peer relationships.
O'Donnell, Molly R., "Best Friends Forever? The Influence of Technology on High-Quality and Low-Quality Childhood Friendships" (2016). CMC Senior Theses. 1292.