Course Description:

Have these phrases and scenarios become a part of your everyday language?

  • Within relationships:  “It’s not official until it’s Facebook official”
  • With first encounters:  “Remember to ‘Facebook’ me!”
  • Even for birthdays: 100+ “Happy Birthday!” Facebook posts and no phone calls

Online social networking websites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter have dramatically altered the ways in which individuals in society interact with one another. When it comes to many college students, no longer do individuals give each other phone calls, but instead they write on each other’s “Facebook walls.” No longer are diaries private, but instead they are now public and available for all to see on blogs. Although the Internet is overcoming the distance gap in terms of communication, how authentic are these cyber-relationships? Can relationships now be defined by quantity instead of quality? Is the Internet ultimately bringing us closer together, or further apart?

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