Danah Boyd's 406-page PhD dissertation on teens and social networks.
I suggest you browse:
4.3.2. Bedroom Culture and Fashion 137
5.5. Status Battles and Peer Dramas 227
posted by taulpaul at 11:52 PM on January 19, 2009
Boyd's earlier/shorter paper, "Why Youth (Heart) Social Network Sites: The Role of Networked Publics in Teenage Social Life" [PDF] helped me finally understand why teens used MySpace and what function the baffling ocean of "Thanks for the add" served. I've heard plenty of other people's explanations for why adults use facebook, but I'd love for Boyd to apply this kind of analysis to the non-teen set of social networkers. I'm interested in the psychological mechanics of social network use (e.g. not just, "you know, to keep in touch). Some of it amongst my adult friends seems to be similar to the teen identity formation functions.
posted by Eric at 9:42 PM on January 20, 2009
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