Personal Relationships and Intimacy in the Age of Social Media

  • Cristina Miguel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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About this book


This book examines how intimate relationships are built, negotiated and maintained through social media. The study takes a cross-platform approach, analysing three social media platforms of different genres – Badoo, Couchsurfing and Facebook – and exploring two interactive forces that shape the way people communicate through social media: the platforms’ architecture and policies, and actual practises of use.  Combining analysis of the political economy of social media with users’ perspectives of their own practises – as well as exploring the tensions between the two – the book provides a detailed picture of intimacy as a complex structure of continuity and change.


Facebook MySpace society Badoo Couchsurfing intimacy practices UK Spain privacy digital

Authors and affiliations

  • Cristina Miguel
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  1. 1.Business SchoolLeeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK

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