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LIMA, Nádia Laguárdia de; MOREIRA, Jacqueline de Oliveira; STENGEL, Márcia  and  MAIA, Lucas Matos. Virtual Social Networks and the dynamics of internet. Gerais, Rev. Interinst. Psicol. [online]. 2016, vol.9, n.1, pp.90-109. ISSN 1983-8220.

This article presents the results of a bibliographical search conducted with the goal to understand the romantic relationships of teenagers on the internet. A research in PePSIC was conducted, and the productions between 2002 and 2013 were analyzed. This research revealed a small number of psychology works on the matter, as well as the outdating of the social networks used by them as objects of study. The reduced number of works was evidenced when confronted with data from interviews with university students, conducted at a second moment during this research. The reduced number of works can be justified both due to the limitation of our research tools and to the actuality of the theme. The downgrading of social networks reveals the dynamism of the internet. However, subjectivities are not transformed at the same speed as technologies, demonstrating that such research did not become obsolete. We need to consider that the large presence of the internet in all sectors of life justifies the development of the research on this topic.

Keywords : internet; social networks; contemporaneity; romantic relationships.

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