This book examines how intimate relationships are built, negotiated and maintained through social media. The study takes a cross-platform approach, analysing three social media platforms of different genres - Badoo, Couchsurfing and Facebook - and exploring two interactive forces that shape the way people communicate through social media: the platforms' architecture and policies, and actual practises of use. Combining analysis of the political economy of social media with users' perspectives of their own practises - as well as exploring the tensions between the two - the book provides a detailed picture of intimacy as a complex structure of continuity and change.
Dr. Cristina Miguel is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, UK.
Chapter 1 Introduction.- Chapter 2 Intimacy Frameworks in the Context of Social Media.-Chapter 3 Intimacies of Digital Identity.- Chapter 4 Social Media Platforms as Intimacy Mediators.- Chapter 5 The Political Economy of Networked Intimacy.- Chapter 6 Meeting people online.- Chapter 7 Conclusion: Networked Intimacy.