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Online Social Networking, Sexual Risk and Protective Behaviors: Considerations for Clinicians and Researchers.


IW Holloway, S. Dunlap, H. E. del Pino, et al.

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Curr Addict Rep

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​Online social networking refers to the use of internet-based technologies that facilitate connection and communication between users. These platforms may be accessed via computer or mobile device (e.g., tablet, smartphone); communication between users may include linking of profiles, posting of text, photo and video content, instant messaging and email. This review provides an overview of recent research on the relationship between online social networking and sexual risk and protective behaviors with a focus on use of social networking sites (SNS) among young people and populations at high risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). While findings are mixed, the widespread use of SNS for sexual communication and partner seeking presents opportunities for the delivery and evaluation of public health interventions. Results of SNS-based interventions to reduce sexual risk are synthesized in order to offer hands-on advice for clinicians and researchers interested in engaging patients and study participants via online social networking.




Adolescents/Youth; Behavior; Intervention; geosocial networking applications


Created at 2/6/2015 11:23 AM by Davis, Gregory P
Last modified at 2/6/2015 11:23 AM by Davis, Gregory P