Andrea hunter friendship

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Andrea hunter friendship

  1. 1. Andrea Hunter
  2. 2. • IM (Instant Messaging)• MySpace• Facebook• Photo bucket• Mobile Phone
  3. 3. • Critical element for staying socially connected• Messaging Friends• Updates on Classmates• Photos• Important for developing and maintaining friendships withpeers• Used when getting together physically is not possible• Friends can hang out virtually
  4. 4. • Making Friends• Performing Friendships• Articulating Friendship Hierarchies• Navigating Issues of Status, Attention, and Drama
  5. 5. • The mall use to be the main place for teens to hang out and gettogether• In 2004-2007 we where doing field work outside, while mostteens where on social media sites• “Hanging Out” is what social media is to most teens• They use Friendship-driven sites to connect
  6. 6. Friendship Vs.. Interest• MySpace• Facebook• Popularity• Romantic Relationships• Status• Messaging around• “Geeked out” Interests• Live Journal• Web forums• Sites that share interests as MySpaceand Facebook
  7. 7. Role that technologyplays in FriendshipsUses of Social MediaEstablishing Develop and Maintain FriendshipReinforcing Seek AttentionComplicating Generate DramaDamaging Friendship-driven social bonds Spread RumorsSocial world beings with the phone for manyteensGossipAllows teens to take their friendships to anew levelBullying
  8. 8. • Teens Struggle With:• Fitting In• Standing Out• Keeping up with what is cool• Bullying• Also Helps Develop• Social Norms• Tastes• Knowledge• Culture“When teens are involved in friendship-driven practices online andoffline are not separate worlds- they are simply different settings inwhich to gather with friends and peers”
  9. 9. • When choosing friends• Race• Religion• Ethnicity• Gender~Where all factors in choosing friends, but not segregated by~Relationships in school are most dominate in how they define theirpeers and friendships
  10. 10. • Allows teens to move beyond geographic restrictions andconnect with new people• Many U.S teens do not use social media to socialize with newpeople, they use it to strengthen relationships they already have• One teen states that Facebook makes it easier to get to knowclassmates they don’t know very well
  11. 11. • By Interest (Gaming, Creative Production)• Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender (Feel isolated in school)• Pure Strangers (No judgment)• Intimate matters (No public embarrassment)• People who are shy• Culture~Most of these groups connect with people they do not know~
  12. 12. • Risky when connecting with people you do not know• Some do it to create a Mass Friend collection• Sexual Predators• Social repercussions when rejecting strangers~Those who help to prevent~• School Assembles• Mainstream Media• Law Enforcement• Teachers• Parents
  13. 13. Choosing Friends Deleting FriendsSocial Tensions who to include &whom to excludeSocially UnacceptableDifferent strategies for choosing Reject people do not like (scary forsome)People they know Delete people who annoy themPeople they don’t know well, acceptto not offend themAfter fights or breakupsExclude people they know well, donot want on pages (Ex: family,parents, siblings, teachers)Spiteful and intentional (hurt others)Teen must determine own boundaries(not easy)Not popular enough for them
  14. 14. • Allows teen to be more carefully attuned• Tied to process of building, performing, articulating, & developingfriendships• Teens value to help maintain, build, & develop friendships with peers• Teens share culture, emotions, & ideas• Even though drama & social warfare exist- ultimately social mediastrengthens connections• Positive interactions are enhanced while negative interactions areintensified• Teens want to develop their friendships, culture, & independent fromparents~Social Media has allowed this~

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