Mobile messaging service WhatsApp helps teenagers connect better and to openly express themselves with their peers than in their classrooms, a study has claimed. The findings showed that WhatsApp groups permit 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 improves the possibility to be in contact,” Arie Kizel from the University of Haifa in Israel, was quoted as saying.
“The discussions on Whatsapp enable the development of a social environment that is warm and human,” Kizel added. In order to observe 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.