Has Facebook Changed the Nature of Friendship? Analytical Essay by michaelbourt

Has Facebook Changed the Nature of Friendship?
A look at the effect the growing use of Facebook has upon friendship.
# 147350 | 2,445 words | 8 sources | APA | 2010 | GB

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This paper looks at the effect of the Internet on our lives in general and sets out to assess and examine whether the nature and meaning of friendship in our generation has been altered by the successful emergence of Facebook. While pointing out that it is difficult to argue that the nature of friendship has been altered beyond all traditional recognition, the paper quotes studies that suggest that Facebook may actually enhance social relationships.

From the Paper:

''Everyone agrees that the internet has fundamentally transformed the processes and functions of human behaviour. Indeed, in every conceivable variable the foundations of human activity have undergone drastic change in a relatively short period. Thus, in economics, banking, marketing, media news and political representation, the internet now assumes a position of paramount importance. However, in recent years social scientific investigation has turned to offer focus of how the internet has altered societal formations and social relationships. Above all, this focus has tended to centre on how social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook have changed the nature of friendship formation.
''The degree to which internet phenomena such as Facebook have impacted upon the nature of friendship in latest generation of youth is personified by the numerous assumptions which have been publically proffered in condemnation of such developments.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • BBC News (2009) 'Facebook Criticised by Archbishop', BBC News [online], date accessed, 10/03/2010, available at; http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8180115.stm.
  • BBC News (2010) 'Facebook Murder: 'Lessons must be learned', BBC News [online], date accessed, 10/03/2010, available at; http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/wear/8557273.stm.
  • Boellstroff, T (2008) Coming of Age in Second Life: an anthropologist explores the virtual human. New York: Princeton University Press.
  • Ellison, N.B; Steinfield, C & Lampe, C (2007) 'The Benefits of Facebook "Friends", Social Capital and College Students Use of Online Social Network Sites', Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 12 (4), pp. 1143-1168.
  • Kirsh, S.J (2009) Media and Youth: a developmental perspective. London: Wiley & Sons.

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APA Format

Has Facebook Changed the Nature of Friendship? (2011, March 24) Retrieved January 22, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/has-facebook-changed-the-nature-of-friendship-147350/

MLA Format

"Has Facebook Changed the Nature of Friendship?" 24 March 2011. Web. 22 January. 2022. <https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/has-facebook-changed-the-nature-of-friendship-147350/>