Digital Socialites

  • Alan J. Reid


This chapter addresses the debate over whether social media, which is the primary usage of smartphones, increases or decreases sociability and connectedness. The author presents the argument that engaging with smartphones while in the presence of others, known as phubbing, has long-lasting harmful effects on relationships. Scholarly research is summarized on how social media such as Facebook have redefined the social landscape, expectations for social participation, and the potential for digital activism.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan J. Reid
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishCoastal Carolina UniversityConwayUSA

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