Facebook and Real Life

  • Greti-Iulia Ivana
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Relational Sociology book series (PSRS)


The author provides a timely analysis of the distinction social media users make between Facebook and real life. The stable underlying bonds between Facebookers reveal the inevitable continuity between online exchanges and the rest of one’s social life. However, the notion of real life still maintains its relevance for users, and this chapter answers the question of why that is. By discussing categories such as reality through consequences and reality through experience, Ivana brings a fresh perspective on this issue. More specifically, her notions of knowing of the other and being with the other are central for the chapter and widely applicable for understanding various contexts of non-copresent communication.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Greti-Iulia Ivana
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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