The Impact Of Social Media On Relationships

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Ellison et al believed that Facebook is a ‘rich site’ for research into the quality of relationships due its ‘heavy usage patterns’ and the mechanics of how it is more about offline to online relationships due the nature of the creation of the site, for university students to communicate. Facebook in incredibly different from other CMC as many users actually know most their ‘friends’ in real terms on the site. MySpace, which was set up in 2003, has over 200m users and was bought by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation in 2005 for $580m (Randerson, 2007) February 2004 saw the launch of Facebook ( It’s creator Mark Zuckerberg launched the site with co-founders and room mates Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes and Eduardo Saverin from their Harvard dorm room Initially the membership was only limited to fellow Harvard students, however in the following month it expanded to Stanford, Columbia and Yale, and by December 2004 Facebook reached nearly 1 million active users. In 2006, Facebook opened up their membership so that anyone with a valid E-mail address and over the age of 13 (a date of birth is asked for upon registration, however the date of birth can remain private) could join (Facebook b,2010). This inevitably saw the dramic increased of users from 12 millions in December 2006 to 50 million in October 2007, to over 400 million users world wide in February 2010 (Facebook a ,2010). Online social networking site Facebook completed the social circle of interaction by enabling a News Feed and Mini-Feed with additional privacy controls in September 2006 (Facebook 2010a). The News Feed and Mini-Feeds are information feeds that appear on the users home page (not to be confused with profile page) This meant that users d... ... 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: [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: [Accessed: 7 April 2010]
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