MNA Science & Tech Desk: Mobile messaging service WhatsApp helps teenagers communicate better and to openly express themselves with their peers than in their classrooms, a study has claimed.
The findings showed that WhatsApp groups allow teenagers to express themselves in ways that they cannot at school, helping them develop closer and more open relationships with their classmates.
“The group chats are based on trust among the members of the group, and this enhances the possibility to be in contact,” Arie Kizel from University of Haifa in Israel, was quoted as saying to nocamels.com — an Israeli Innovation news website on Sunday.
“The discussions on Whatsapp enable the development of a social environment that is warm and human,” Kizel added.
In order to examine the way teenagers experience this virtual space, the team included two groups of eight youths aged 16-17 and two groups of eight youths aged 14 to 15.
The teenagers perceived the WhatsApp group as a space that breaks down the hierarchical division created at school.