Social Networking and You.
How many “friends” do you have? Who are your closest online connections? What’s your digital footprint? Millions of people use social networking websites, such as Facebook or Twitter, nearly every day. Yet, long before the internet, the way we communicated with friends, family, and business colleagues created “networks” that allowed for unique connections with others, but also produced limiting social boundaries. Simply put, as long as people communicate with each other, social networks exist, with both opportunistic and limiting effects. This seminar introduces you to the study of social networks, and online social networks, in the context of society and work. We’ll examine how our forms of communication affect our opportunities to achieve our goals and to manage our relationships; and how, collectively, individuals’ communication adds up to a social fabric of relationships.