With the technological advancement of communication, especially the internet, more and more people no longer live life in a set of relatively fixed settings but rather they live through online societies. In online venues, it is easier for individuals to have power to manage their relationships, making it freer and expanding possibilities. As such, an online social communities, interpersonal beliefs and relationships are being created and reshaped in a wide variety of ways. This qualitative online study offers insights into the ways in which a group of internet users who do not believe in romantic love online by claiming the social construction of “everybody lies online” paradoxically have faith in online friendships. The argument of this research is that, if friendship choice is, in fact, highly socially available through the use of online social media, then this suggests that authentic friendships could be formed as a result of this powerful tool.
Pataraporn Sangkapreecha, Bangkok University, Thailand
Stream: Technology and Society: Technologies
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