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Society and the InternetHow Networks of Information and Communication are Changing Our Lives$
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Mark Graham and William H. Dutton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199661992

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199661992.001.0001

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The Relational Self-Portrait

The Relational Self-Portrait

Selfies Meet Social Networks

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Society and the Internet

Bernie Hogan

Barry Wellman

Oxford University Press

Social media have been changing patterns of Internet use. Time spent on social media has increased since 2005 in ways that have challenged other activities, such as search. Accordingly, social network sites (SNSs) have become a major focus for research, such as on how the Internet supports or undermines sociality and identity. Do SNSs act as a substitute for offline interaction? Can we trust those we meet online, and can we consider Facebook friends “real” friends? How do individuals manage their privacy, given the blurring of public and private boundaries on general SNSs? This chapter introduces new concepts and research that addresses these issues through creative approaches to quantitative, qualitative, and “trace” methods, showing how SNSs build on fundamental sociological principles. The success of SNSs is no accident but an illustration of how new technology can capture, mediate, and amplify basic patterns of human behavior.

Keywords:   social networks, social media, friends, privacy, profiles, self-portrait

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