Conclusions: Networked Intimacy
This chapter presents the main conclusions of the research project about intimacy practices in the age of social media and elaborates the concept of networked intimacy. The study focused on (mediated) intimacy practices among adults (25–49 years old) through three different platforms (Badoo, CouchSurfing, and Facebook) to analyse how users create and maintain intimate relationships through social media. The project combined a critical analysis of the politics of platforms with users’ perspectives of their intimacy practices through social media. The chapter synthesizes the empirical findings and locates the study in current academic debates.
KeywordsNetworked intimacy Personal relationships Privacy Sex Social media Strangers
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