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Interpersonal Relationships

A look at the influence of social networking sites

How many of your facebook friends are actually your friends?

For those who tend to overestimate


How many of your facebook friends do you call in a week / month / or even have telephone numbers of?

Before Y2K
How large is your parents friend circle? What is the mode of interaction?
1. Frequency 2. Cost / meet 3. ?

Would you ?
Would you call them up if you were in their city? Would you ping them if they are in a field of your proffesional interest? Can you give me an example where fb updates have given you relevant information? Do you think you can ask your facebook friends for favours?

Role networking sites play


Social Searching - reinforce premature friendships Social Browsing find people with commom interests (Joinson, 2008) Based on the premise that youre more likely to want to get to know people who know people you already know than all-out strangers

Aims
Compare Relationship qualtity Study impact on Psychological Adjustment

Parameters
Outreach Emotive content Availability/Record-ability

Outreach
CHANGE Access to a greater number of people than you would actually meet (avg. 180 friends) Possible interaction with people far away Free

IMPACT More comparisons use others to judge yourself Social contagion social trends are evident, easy
to follow (Sachin status updates)

Establishment of digital Prerequisites Forces conformity people use these as filters because there are so many people (Girls dp, boy interested in)

Lower cost - results makes friends a higher priority


(pocket money)

Detour the structure of Social Capital


Social capital is a sociological concept, which refers to connections within and between social networks. The concept of social capital highlights the value of social relations and the role of cooperation and confidence to get collective or economic results. Social capital becomes a loose collection of relations without much intimacy required (school friends then vs now)

Contd.
Take a two tiered view of your relationships 1. Close friends 2. Loosely bound set of people Social networking sites (SNS) affect the first group when environmental factors push them away.(different college/country) SNS help consolidate the second group and help you derive concrete benefits from them

Emotive Content
CHANGE Lower emotive expression absence of verbal and non verbal elements results in deficiency Invisibility of other peoples emotions

IMPACT Easy to overestimate intimacy (birthdays known to all, exact same words used) Frequency of online interaction takes precedence over other factors (time spent online increased) Digital bashing of social outcasts, because people are sheltered from the emotional suffering caused by their actions Did facebook remove the dislike button because it was driving people away?

Record-ability
CHANGE Digital footprint is immutable. Accessible by parents, employers and family

IMPACT Consistency very hard to have multiple personas when everyone receives newsfeed Has this led to a greater degree of intragenrerational acceptability of family ties? (cousins etc.) Higher cost to mistakes digital profile is scrutinized at time of marriage or employment

Detour Business relationships


Lindin etc. help you get in touch with out having met. Increased accessibility but its not the same as having met the person before. You would be taken more seriously if you meet. Because open access mean that you are not the only one who is dropping mails to important people (this slide needs changes need to refer to the world is spiky, tim harford)

Sources
THE INFLUENCE OF SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES ON THE INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS OF ROGATIONIST COLLEGE STUDENTS (check scribd) AABSS: The American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/4-wayssocial-media-is-changing-your-relationships/ http://psychcentral.com/news/2009/03/31/relati onships-on-facebook-social-networks/5060.html