According to Erving Goffman, “When one individual enters the presence of others, he will want to discover the facts of the situation. […]To uncover fully the factual nature of the situation, it would be necessary for the individual to know all the relevant social data about the others.“ (Goffman, 7) Today, thanks to Facebook and social networking, these data can easily end in our hands.
Perhaps, people may already know our name and, if we are part of the same community, they could probably know what we do like. By looking at the last Facebook reports, the users of the popular social network became 1.15 billion in March 2013. After China and India, they represent the third largest country in the world. (The Facebook Blog) According to
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However, as when we buy a phone and we want to change it for the new version, as we get friend with someone, then we want to be friend with more and more people to know what they do and somehow “spy” their lives. Facebook is special and really popular especially thanks to teens, young boys and girls between 11 and 15 years old, who, as they are developing their identities, start being curious because they are changing physically and mentally. Hence, through the social network they feel “helped” in their social lives and accepted as part of a large community. Also, Facebook gained importance thanks to what Brett A. Bumgarner defines “the typical Facebook user”, young people “into the life stage sometimes called emerging adulthood” (Bumgarner) They are, together with teens, looking for being autonomous between 18 and 20 years old and they feel the need to easily share their opinions.
Hence, some accounts on social networks as Facebook are optimistic by underlining the chance of “new opportunities for self-expression, sociability, community engagement, creativity and new literacies.” (Livingstone 5) However, be a dynamic user has benefits as well as unfavorable outcomes. A research developed by Dr. Larry Rosen, a psychology professor at California State University, has shown how the usage of a virtual self can help developing a virtual empathy with others, which affects especially teens to be more empathetic. Additionally, Facebook and other social networks