How People Are Using Facebook

30 Sep

Austin Carr has written an eye-opening article about how Facebook users percieve Facebook. He sites a survey conducted by Red Associates. Of the 500 respondents, ninety percent thought Facebook would deepen their friendships, but less than one percent thought Facebook was only good for deepening their friendships. The study also found that about forty percent of respondents added “friends” simply because it was easy. In this case, many of your contacts on Facebook aren’t actually your friends, or even people you’ve met. Respondents were also unsure of what information was appropriate to share on Facebook. About half of respondents saw Facebook as more of a phone book or search engine. All of this implies that the intended use of Facebook has been corrupted or lost. Facebook could be a way to strengthen relationships, but that doesn’t seem to be what most people are using it for.


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