Intimacy Frameworks in the Context of Social Media

  • Cristina Miguel


This chapter presents an intimacy conceptual framework, discussing a number of concepts related to intimacy mediated through social media. First, the definition of intimacy is approached from different disciplines (e.g., philosophy, sociology, psychology). Then, the chapter elaborates in the often overlapping terms of privacy and intimacy. It questions whether the concept of intimacy needs to be redefined with the advance of digital communication and addresses the topic of public intimacy through social media platforms. The opinions and experiences of social media users are also introduced to contribute to these debates.


Intimacy Personal relationships Privacy Public intimacy Social media 


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  • Cristina Miguel
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  1. 1.Business SchoolLeeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK

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