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Offline versus Virtual Socialization Patterns and Smartphone: A Study of Pakistani Youth
The current study contributes by researching the associations of levels of offline socialization patterns with the virtual socialization ones. The controlled effects of time for Smartphone usage and gender are also explained. The study utilizes the convenience sampling technique and selects the students (N=215) from the two educational institutes of Lahore. By using quantitative approach of cross-sectional survey the data is collected through offline survey with the help of a questionnaire. Descriptive statistics reveal that the students are gratifying smart phone to virtually socialize with their friends, class fellows and teachers. The medium levels of correlations are found for the offline and virtual socialization patterns for seeking news and interaction with the class fellows. The significant controlled effects are visible for the time for Smartphone usage and the gender. The triangulation of theories enriches the analysis. The teachers should use Whats’App effectively for teaching purposes.
Ph.D. Scholar, Faculty of Media and Communication Studies, University of Central Punjab , Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Dr. Taimoor Ul Hassan
Professor and Dean, Faculty of Media and Communication Studies, University of Central Punjab, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Socialization, Smartphone, Demographics, Triangulation of Theories, Survey