The Psychology of Social Networking
While some people are natural networkers, and have an easy time reaching out to others, many shy away from traditional networking opportunities because they see them as an unnatural and uncomfortable means of promoting themselves and connecting with others, especially with strangers. The Internet provides an opportunity for anyone to create an identity online, connect with friends, family and strangers alike, acquire knowledge, and share ideas and information without having to be physically present. Instead, one’s presence is represented on social media by shared comments, photos, videos, and other images.
Social networking is now integrated into the day-to-day lives of most people who use the Internet. The psychology of social networking explores the identities, relationships, communication techniques, and behaviors that develop from these connections. Psychologists look at how different people develop, maintain, and use their online presence and how they are affected by the technology that allows them to do so.