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Published on Dec 1, 2010
In this short overview, Dr Bernie Hogan discusses the main themes of his lecture in the OII's series of lectures aimed at undergraduates. Social network sites (SNS) are rapidly becoming a significant aspect of everyday life, especially for youth. Their novelty and rapid diffusion raises a number of questions that touch on timeless issues, such as privacy, as well as emergent ones: Do SNS act as a substitute for offline interaction? Can we consider hundreds of Facebook friends 'real' friends? How do individuals manage the blurring of public and private boundaries on general social network sites?