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Development of online friendship in different social spaces

Tang, Lijun ORCID: 2010. Development of online friendship in different social spaces. Information, Communication & Society 13 (4) , pp. 615-633. 10.1080/13691180902998639

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With the development and widespread use of the Internet, more and more people make friends online. Such friendship can shift to other settings. For example, many online friends also meet each other face-to-face. Therefore, online friendship can be performed in different social spaces. The relationship between online friendship and the social spaces where it is performed has rarely been discussed. Based on a study of seafarer-partners’ friendships formed on a discussion website, this paper demarcates friendship performed in three different spaces: the website itself, another online setting, and offline space. It suggests that the more spaces the friendship expands into, the more intimate and rewarding it becomes. This paper also explores the implications of each setting for maintaining performing friendship.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: cyberspace, friendship, social space
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1369-118X
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 08:52

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