I – Facebook – World: How people relate to technology and the world through Facebook use

Sander Andreas Schwartz, Martina Skrubbeltrang Mahnke

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Abstract

This study addresses how young Danish adults (18-26 years old) describe and critically reflect on the role of Facebook, the algorithm and the news feed as a way of receiving information and relating to the world. The analysis is based on a critical framework of Feenberg’s and Ihde’s theoretical work on the relationship between subject, technology and life world. The empirical material is based on ten individual interviews, which were thematically coded. Preliminary findings point towards an omnipresent role for Facebook, which users seem to be critically aware of. While all informants are clearly critical of the role Facebook plays in society, as well as in their daily life, this does not always translate into concrete actions to mitigate, improve or avoid the negative consequences of their individual Facebook use. In conclusion, we suggest that further research focuses on conceptualizing the emancipatory potential of a more direct relation with Facebook as a conceptual other, rather than understanding Facebook as a simple technology through which information about and experience with the world is simply facilitated.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Conference on Social Media and Society: SMSociety '18
EditorsAnatoliy Gruzd, Jenna Jacobson, Philip Mai, Jeff Hemsley, K. Hazel Kwon , Ravi Vatrapu, Anabel Quan-Haase, Luke Sloan, Jaigris Hodson
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2018
Pages370-374
ISBN (Print)978-145036334-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event9th International Conference on Social Media and Society - CBS, København, Denmark
Duration: 18 Jul 201820 Jul 2018
Conference number: 9
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Conference

Conference9th International Conference on Social Media and Society
Number9
LocationCBS
CountryDenmark
CityKøbenhavn
Period18/07/201820/07/2018
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Schwartz, S. A., & Mahnke, M. S. (2018). I – Facebook – World: How people relate to technology and the world through Facebook use. In A. Gruzd, J. Jacobson, P. Mai, J. Hemsley, K. H. Kwon , R. Vatrapu, A. Quan-Haase, L. Sloan, & J. Hodson (Eds.), Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Social Media and Society: SMSociety '18 (pp. 370-374). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3217804.3217947