Investigating the Relationship between the Use of Modern Social Media and the Tendency of Tabriz Youth to Deviant Behaviors

Document Type : Original Article


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Tabriz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz, Iran

2 Master of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Tabriz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz, Iran



One of the consequences of the new era threatening the cultural health of societies is the prevalence of deviant behaviors among young people. Young people today are more exposed to the use of new media and modern media culture, and this has significant effects on their behavior. The purpose of this study was to study the relationship between the amount and type of social media use with the tendency of Tabriz youth to deviant behaviors. The research method was survey and the data collection tool were a researcher-made questionnaire. The statistical population of youth (35-38 years old) was the city of Tabriz, which according to the Statistics Center of Iran included 209754 people. A total of 384 individuals were selected based on Cochran's formula by cluster sampling. The results showed that there is a relationship between the use of social media and the tendency of young people to sexual anomalies, vandalism and theft. Also, the tendency of young people to vandalism and sexual anomalies varied according to the type of social media use. Therefore, necessary measures should be taken to prevent and control social harms affected by the use of social networks.


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