Saturday, January 29, 2011

Studied - Does Facebook Make You More Social Offline? - NYTimes.com

Some important questions

“Over the last year or so, there’s been a lot of concern and frustration expressed towards Facebook, in particular over privacy,” Dr. Watkins said. “But despite those concerns, not only do people keep using it, but the ways they use it continue to expand.”

Still, does that really mean Facebook makes people more social? Sherry Turkle, author of a new book, “Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other,” said that the study allows Facebook to define what makes for social behavior.

“I’m all for sharing photos, but you can be pro-photo sharing without being convinced that it expands our social lives,” Dr. Turkle said. “It’s a way of defining downwards what it means to be social.”

Studied - Does Facebook Make You More Social Offline? - NYTimes.com

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