Online Social Networks and Everyday Life (Society and the Internet Lecture Series, Part 11)
Tuesday 31 January 2012, 16:00:00 - 17:30:00
Oxford Internet Institute, 1 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3JS United Kingdom
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This talk explores the many questions that the rapid diffusion of Social Networking Sites has given rise to. It will introduce some of the research that is addressing these issues through quantitative, qualitative, and 'trace' methods.
Social network sites (SNS) are rapidly becoming a significant aspect of everyday life, especially for young people. The novelty and rapid diffusion of SNS raise a number of questions that touch on timeless issues, such as privacy, as well as emergent ones: Do SNS act as a substitute for offline interaction? Can we consider hundreds of Facebook friends ‘real’ friends? How do individuals manage the blurring of public and private boundaries on general social network sites? This talk will introduce some of the research that is addressing these issues through quantitative, qualitative, and ‘trace’ methods.