Social Networking Sites

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Social networking sites (SNSs) are web‐based services that allow Internet users to establish and sustain connections, debate social and political issues, interact professionally, and educate and entertain themselves. The emergence of SNSs as a global social phenomenon, their popularity, and their pervasiveness has generated considerable cross‐disciplinary research on their socio-cultural, psychological, economic, and other implications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication The Wiley‐Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory
PublisherWiley Blackwell
ISBN (Electronic)9781118430873
ISBN (Print)9781118430866
Publication statusPublished - Dec 4 2017


  • computer‐mediated communication
  • digital media
  • internet use
  • social networking sites
  • social networks


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