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Escaping to Facebook: youth's engagement with web-based social networks in Sri Lanka

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Tharindi Udalagama

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Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, Colombo 03.

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Abstract

This study mainly investigated the reasons leading to the use of web-based social networks among the computer literate youth of Sri Lanka. The web-based social network called Facebook was considered as the field of study for this research carried out in 2009/2010.  Supporting itself with 15 case studies, participant observation and secondary information from the Facebook Home Page, this study attempted to explore and understand the usage of Facebook by youth. The major reasons identified by the study were, to gain emotional support and for convenience, i.e. it’s free of charge, has no physical or temporal distinction, and the availability of entertainment. This paper discusses these reasons in detail and will explore how the virtual game worlds on Facebook have constructed an alternate reality for the youth to escape to.

http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljss.v35i1-2.7365

Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences 2012/2013 35/36 (1&2): 19-27

How to Cite: Udalagama, T., (2014). Escaping to Facebook: youth's engagement with web-based social networks in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences. 35(1-2), pp.19–27. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljss.v35i1-2.7365
Published on 03 Sep 2014.
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