The Importance Of Facebook In Everyday Life?

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Since the beginning of time, our society has created ways to communicate which has evolved from primitive language and markings to more recent technologies including telephones and computers. Today’s technology enables people to interact with each other in settings that are not face-to-face. The use of telephones and computers has started a trend for the most recent addition to communication- social media. Regardless of location, social networking websites allows families, couples, and friends to stay connected, or to make new connections using a simple click of a button. Facebook, a popular social media platform created by Mark Zuckerberg, has over 1.18 billion active users (). The objective of this article is to observe and understand the phenomena and importance of Facebook in everyday life. Throughout this paper, I will investigate the following questions: What kind of intimacies form on Facebook? What intimate connections does Facebook allow? And lastly, how does Facebook affect our relationships? To start off, Facebook is a social networking site which allows users to create a personal profile, add other users to become “friends”, exchange messages, post updates and photos, and get …show more content…
Out of Baym’s seven key concepts, interactivity is the most relevant to Facebook as it is a medium which is known to be highly interactive. Facebook allows users to engage with other users by giving the option to chat, share or comment on posts. Baym says “We can meet new people and remain close to those who have moved away” (Baym 7). Baym is trying to explain that online communication has opened up many new possibilities for communication. One is able to keep in touch with family and friends, or make new connections regardless of their

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