Student socialization in the age of facebook

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Student socialization in the age of facebook
Most research regarding online social networks such as Facebook, MySpace, Linked-In and Friendster has looked at these networks in terms of activity within the online network, such as profile management and friending behavior. In this paper we are instead focusing on offline socializing structures around an online social network (exemplified by Facebook) and how this can facilitate inperson social life for students. Because students lead nomadic lives, they find Facebook a particularly useful tool for initiating and managing social gatherings, and as they adopt mobile technologies that can access online social networks, their ad-hoc social life is further enabled. We conclude that online social networks are a powerful tool for encouraging peripheral friendships, important in particular to students. We emphasize that the use of online social networks must be viewed from a perspective of use that involves both mobile and stationary platforms and that it is important to relate online and...
Louise Barkhuus, Juliana Tashiro
Added 17 May 2010
Updated 17 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2010
Where CHI
Authors Louise Barkhuus, Juliana Tashiro
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