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The vast majority of my subjects and those that I observed are 14-30; my study of minors only began when I started examining My Space.While both Friendster and My Space have grown to attract participants from around the world, their early adopters were primarily American.In trying to articulate Friendship, participants were forced to navigate the nuances of what it meant to publicly display their connections to others (Donath and boyd, 2004).Social network sites like Friendster and My Space are constructed in a way that requires people to indicate relationships or friendships with other participants.A prevalent assumption by many observers is that the articulation of Friendship is equivalent to friendship (Kornblum, 2006).In other words, if people say that they are Friends on these sites, they must be friends in other contexts as well . While some participants believe that people should only indicate meaningful relationships, it is primarily non-participants who perpetuate the expectation that Friending is the same as listing ones closest buddies.
Furthermore, the term itself is interpreted differently in different cultures.
At the same time, I will argue that Friending supports pre-existing social norms yet because the architecture of social network sites is fundamentally different than the architecture of unmediated social spaces, these sites introduce an environment that is quite unlike that with which we are accustomed.