The Facebook Experience: A phenomenology of Facebook use

Patrick Ferrucci 1 *, Edson C. Tandoc Jr 2

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Based on the diaries and interviews of five Facebook users, we found that the phenomenology of Facebook use can be divided into three phases: managing intentions, experiencing the consequences of actions, and feeling a range of emotions. We propose that the theoretical framework we found in this study—of understanding the experience of Facebook as an experience of varying degrees of personal control—can be applied to understanding other social experiences as well.


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Article Type: Research Article

Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp. 176-197

Published Online: 15 Jul 2015

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