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Title:Why ISU students use Facebook
Author(s):ANTH 285_06-05
Subject(s):Online Communities
Social Spaces
Abstract:This project explores ISU students’ use of the social networking website Facebook, and asks why students participate in Facebook. The author conducted six interviews and did participant observation by making a Facebook site as well. The results show that students use Facebook as a time filler. For example, a high rate of students used it strictly to “check-up” on others, in their own words to “creep” on them. As social networking sites continue to increase in popularity, despite all the risks involved for developing students ready to enter the business society, this study illuminates why Facebook is so appealing to ISU students.
Issue Date:2006-12-15
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-08-22

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  • Student Communities and Culture
    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.

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