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In terms of media and communication history, we are arguably in the midst of a social media paradigm. Well-known platforms like Twitter and Facebook have gone from being viewed as mere sites of teenage distraction to becoming embedded ICT infrastructure in mainstream organisations across the society, culture, and economy; such platforms, their uses, and their politics are increasingly entangled with everyday life, work, and relationships. For the past decade there has been a burgeoning interest in social media. This highly international Handbook addresses the most significant research themes, methodological approaches and debates in this field via substantial chapters specially commissioned from leading scholars coming from a range of disciplinary perspectives centered on but extending beyond the social sciences and humanities. Part One: Histories and Pre-Histories Part Two: Approaches and Methods Part Three: Technologies & Business Models Part Four: Practices & Problems Part Five: Social, Cultural & Economic Domains

Our Networked Selves: Personal Connection and Relational Maintenance in Social Media Use
Our networked selves: Personal connection and relational maintenance in social media use
Kelly Quinn Zizi Papacharissi

Without question, social media platforms and applications like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have impacted the ways in which individuals relate to one another. Emerging media forms offer alternate avenues for connection and expression. In addition, they sustain digital traces and relational memory maps of evolving connections between individuals in everyday life. These practices and processes are not only important to understanding modalities of sociality, but are integral to understanding self-actualization through sociability.

This chapter explores personal connection and relational maintenance as they are accomplished through social media today. We examine ...

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