Privacy, social network sites, and social relations

David J. Houghton, Adam N. Joinson

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With the growth of the Internet comes a growth in a ubiquitous networked society. Common Web 2.0 applications include a rapidly growing trend for social network sites Social network sites typically converged different relationship types into one group of "friends." However, with such vast interconnectivity, convergence of relationships, and information sharing by individual users comes an increased risk of privacy violations. We asked a small sample of participants to discuss what friendship and privacy meant to them and to give examples of a privacy violation they had experienced. A thematic analysis was conducted on the interviews to determine the issues discussed by the participants Many participants experienced privacy issues using the social network site Facebook. The results are presented here and discussed in relation to online privacy concerns, notably social network site privacy concerns and managing such information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-94
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Technology in Human Services
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • Computer mediated communication (CMC)
  • Network communities
  • Privacy
  • Social network sites
  • Society

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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