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The Social Networking Monopoly: Sociological Dangers of Facebook

Year: 
2011
Researcher(s): 
Rachael Frigo
Institution: 
Ohio Northern University
Discipline: 
Sociology

Social networking has exploded in popularity over the years.  Sites such as MySpace and Facebook allow people to connect with new people and keep in touch with old ones but what is the cost of using such social networking tools?  The following is a grim look into the world of social networking and the problems it could potentially cause in the future.  Using Charles Horton Cooley’s theories of primary groups and the looking glass self in addition to Emile Durkheim’s theories on solidarity, collective conscience, and the dangers of egoism, the social aspects of Facebook are analyzed and compared to better understand how social relationships are affected by such technology and the problems that will ensue if this love for social networking is not curbed.  

North Central Sociological Association; Cleveland, OH