This article examines the way in which social networks operate within small groups. The study examines the social networks of teens and young adults. Groups of friends were recruited for the study and thus the unit of analysis is the group as opposed to the individual. The members of each group developed a contact diary (face to face, mobile voice, SMS, IM etc.) among the friendship group that also recorded their contacts with other "external" persons. The analysis shows the importance of copresence in the development of the groups and how mediated interaction can help to maintain and develop the group. The analysis also examines how different individuals played different roles within the groups.
|Publication status||Published - 2008|