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Personal Relationships and Intimacy in the Age of Social Media


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Cristina Miguel
    Pages 1-13
  3. Cristina Miguel
    Pages 37-58
  4. Cristina Miguel
    Pages 59-80
  5. Cristina Miguel
    Pages 81-102
  6. Cristina Miguel
    Pages 103-123
  7. Cristina Miguel
    Pages 125-133

About this book


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.


Facebook MySpace society Badoo Couchsurfing intimacy practices UK Spain privacy digital

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Business SchoolLeeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK

About the authors

Dr. Cristina Miguel is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, UK.

Bibliographic information


“This book could be useful for those looking at social media relationships both online and offline.” (Rustie Anglin, CBQ Communication Booknotes Quarterly, Vol. 51 (1-2), January-June, 2019)