Social Networking and Human Relationships

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Social networks have always been part of evolutionary behaviour. From the combination of cells to create a microorganism to homosapiens (BOOK GLOBAL BRAIN) who working together as a hunting team. (SOURCE STAR SUCKERS FILM). Fast forward to the 21st century and online social communities (social networking sites or SNS) such as chat rooms and member based communities have quickly become part of our everyday lives. Social networks are a highly complex web of interaction which consists of family, friends, lovers, colleagues and others where one shares a relationship with (be it sexual or platonic). Usually both parties have a common interest (work at the same place, go to school together etc). The internet has evolved from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 in 2009 with the new focus on interaction and community. In more recent years the popularity of these SNS has grown tremendously with Myspace growing from million in 2008 to million in 2010, and Facebook growing from 100 million in 2008 to 400 million in 2010 (Facebook, 2010b). Facebook is a user profile based site which allows users to find existing and new friends. Users can communicate with each other by posting comments on their wall (profile), sending messages (integrated Facebook E-mail system), post links to external an internal sources, upload and post photos of themselves and others in Facebook integrated photo albums, create and invite users to events and play games on the site and chat using Facebook chat (an instant messaging service). This increasing popular was of connecting with others online has inevitably changed the way that we live our lives, even if it is by the smallest degree. However with this increased wave of interest and many people having at least one log in to a an... ... middle of paper ... ...f/Harvard_referencing.pdf [Accessed 7 April 2010] Whitty, M. T (2008). Liberating or debilitating? An examination of romantic relationships, sexual relationships and friendships on the Net. Computers in Human Behavior [Online] 24 (5) p.1837–1850. Avaliable from: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6VDC-4S26RR6-1&_user=7175462&_coverDate=09%2F30%2F2008&_alid=1302135214&_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_orig=search&_cdi=5979&_sort=r&_docanchor=&view=c&_ct=15&_acct=C000010278&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=7175462&md5=92d456b48e3bf777f9d1e244db0e9a14 [Acessed: 3 March 2010] Whitty. M. T (2005), The Realness of Cybercheating: Men’s and Women’s Representations of Unfaithful Internet Relationships. Social Science Computer Review [Online] 23 (1) p. 57-67. Available from: http://ssc.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/23/1/57 [Accessed: 7 April 2010]
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