19 November 2010

Facebook and Facetime

What, you may ask, is facetime?

Wade Jacobsen, a BYU student, recently conducted a study in which he found a correlation between the time students spend on Facebook and facetime, or face-to-face interactions.

Initially the researchers suspected that digital media would partially replace offline socializing.  Instead they found that face time increased by 10 to 15 minutes for every hour spent with social media and cell phones.

Jacobsen notes that "unlike when the Internet was relatively new, the friends you have online now are the same set of friends you have in real life."  He believes that "the technology helps students get together and make plans."

At first when I read this study I thought, really?  Only 10 minutes for a full hour of Facebook time?  But then I realized that not only did face time not diminish but it actually increased!

It's the same way with cell phones I think.  I spend a fair amount of time texting, but I usually end up spending time with those people that I text.  We text so we can meet up.

Somehow, I don't think this would be the case with the Tibetans in India.  They probably wouldn't have sufficient access to become as addicted to Facebook as we are . . . or would they?

Photo credit Ray-Franco Bouly

1 comment:

  1. Perceptions of the internet have certainly changed. It used to be a socially separate sphere. With the general acceptance of the internet, now social activity and social networking is correlated according to personal preferences to socialize rather than ability to communicate.