Baym, Chapter 6

I think the author, Nancy Baym, made some good observations regarding the differences in how relationships start and continue on the internet and face-to-face. In her relation with Markus, which started online, two people with a common interest who most likely would not have been able to meet in a pre-internet era were able to become friends despite living in different areas of the world. She also brings up some valuable points by the middle of the chapter when the values and options available between romance online and offline. The general argument that she makes is that while technology and social media platforms are able to sustain some relationships and are becoming a more acceptable way to date, they are constantly changing and sometimes relationships offline relationships can be better, especially if the two people are young and aren’t sure if an romance through computer screens will work.

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