Social Network Sites and Social Interaction

1403 Words Feb 3rd, 2018 6 Pages
Social interaction happens everyday, and there are many components that work collaboratively in order to make these encounters flow in a smooth manner (Goffman). Everyone engages in what Goffman called impression management (IM) and this is which means that every participant in a social interaction defines the situation with the information that is being exchanged, and this information is modified in a way that allows individuals to obtain a desired reaction from others. There are various tactics of IM and one of them is called self-presentation. Self-presentation encompasses all of the efforts individuals make in order to influence others’ perceptions of themselves (cite). Early scholars such as Goffman referred to these practices as happening on a face-to-face basis. However, as society adopted SNSs, social interaction as well as IM, and self-presentation have also been adapted into the virtual world, and so “all of the WEB’s a stage” (cite). Social network sites is defined “as web-based services that allow individuals to (1) construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system, (2) articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and (3) view and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within the system” (cite, real). Social network sites such as…
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