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dc.contributor.author Ridenour, Sara en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-25T19:08:45Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-25T19:08:45Z
dc.date.issued 2012-07-25
dc.date.submitted January 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.other DISS-11665 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10106/11057
dc.description.abstract We live in a state of constant connection. Literally speaking, businesses provide free Wi-Fi connections to patrons, and smartphones allow people to connect to the Internet anywhere and everywhere. Social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, establish personal connections. These technical and personal connections can enhance feelings of belonging and help people follow current events, but they also create new expectations regarding communication and relationships. Technology provides more opportunities than ever before for people to maintain relationships with each other and the world around them, but that same technology allows people to connect without any face-to-face contact. Technology encourages us to be more engaged and involved, but by doing so, we distance ourselves from true reality, in favor of a virtual reality. This theoretical study distinguishes between "connection" and "community" and focuses on the boundary between electronic connection and face-to-face community. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Agger, Ben en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Sociology en_US
dc.title Facebook Or Face-to-face? Connection And Community In A Wired World en_US
dc.type M.A. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeChair Agger, Ben en_US
dc.degree.department Sociology en_US
dc.degree.discipline Sociology en_US
dc.degree.grantor University of Texas at Arlington en_US
dc.degree.level masters en_US
dc.degree.name M.A. en_US

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