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The use of social media among adolescents in Dar es Salaam and Mtwara, Tanzania

Pfeiffer, Constanze and Kleeb, Matthis and Mbelwa, Alice and Ahorlu, Collins. (2014) The use of social media among adolescents in Dar es Salaam and Mtwara, Tanzania. Reproductive health matters, Vol. 22, Nr. 43. pp. 178-186.

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Abstract

Social media form part of the rapid worldwide digital development that is re-shaping the life of many young people. While the use of social media by youths is increasingly researched in the North, studies about youth in the South are missing. It therefore remains unclear how social media can be included in interventions that aim at informing young people in many countries of the global South about sexual and reproductive health. This paper presents findings of a mixed-methods study of young people's user behaviour on the internet and specifically of social media as a platform for sexual health promotion in Tanzania. The study used questionnaires with 60 adolescents and in-depth interviews with eight students aged 15 to 19 years in Dar es Salaam, and in Mtwara, Southern Tanzania. Findings show that youth in Dar es Salaam and Mtwara access the internet mainly through mobile phones. Facebook is by far the most popular internet site. Adolescents highlighted their interest in reproductive and sexual health messages and updates being delivered through humorous posts, links and clips, as well as by youth role models like music stars and actors that are entertaining and reflect up-to-date trends of modern youth culture.
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH) > Society, Gender and Health > Medical Anthropology (Obrist)
09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
UniBasel Contributors:Pfeiffer, Constanze D.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0968-8080
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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