ABSTRACT

There are many different reasons to use information communication technologies (ICTs), with the most common being to foster connections and relationships between users (Haythornthwaite, 2005). Those relationships vary from strong to weak tie connections, but one element unique to ICTs is the ability to maintain more weak ties than ever before, and with growing ease (Haythornthwaite, 2005). Additionally, we know that through the use of ICTs weak ties can be turned into strong ties over time (Baym, 2000). This ability to use technology to allow for the development of interpersonal relationships and communication, while once thought to be impossible, is now one of the most common ways to engage online (Baym, 2010; Jones et al., 2009). One of the most commonly used forms of ICTs today for interpersonal communication, particularly by younger adults, is a social networking site.