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Conceptualising Intimacy and Friendship

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The relationships being negotiated through today’s social media are forcing us to rethink and re-envisage the nature of intimacy, personal connections and wider issues of relatedness. Personal bonds appear to be developing or sustained on new virtual frontiers, no longer originating solely from domestic and familial settings or exclusively located in spatial community boundaries. A reconsideration of debates about intimacy is required in order to understand the mediated nature of today’s personal relationships. As Chapter 2 explains, a key change is the shift towards a polymediated environment in which digitalised technologies of communication are becoming more diversified and being combined in various ways to sustain social ties of a personal nature. The emergence of new technologies for connecting people has led to key changes in informal rules and norms governing social contact and encounters. A further trend is the increasingly informal and casual nature of the discourse being used across all types of connections to manage contemporary interaction. Whether they are strong, intense and intimate ties or weak ties of acquaintanceship, an informal style is being adopted in many mediated contexts.

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  • Social Capital
  • Social Medium
  • Personal Relationship
  • Social Network Site
  • Network Public

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Chambers, D. (2013). Conceptualising Intimacy and Friendship. In: Social Media and Personal Relationships. Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137314444_3

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