Exploring the role of Facebook in re-shaping backpacker’s social interactions

Berger, Edward Alexander and Paris, Cody Morris (2014) Exploring the role of Facebook in re-shaping backpacker’s social interactions. In: ENTER2014 eTourism Conference, 21-24 Jan 2014, Dublin, Ireland.

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Abstract

The recent Facebook launch of Timeline, Social Graph Search, and the increased use of the mobile Facebook apps has resulted in some important implications for the use of Facebook by backpackers. The purpose of this paper is to (re) explore how Facebook has impacted social relationships between backpackers and their personal, professional, and ‘fellow traveller’ networks, particularly in-light of these recent changes to Facebook and the increased reduction of anonymity while travelling. An exploratory survey was administered to 216 backpackers through social media. Descriptive analysis was conducted to explore the perceived social risks and benefits of Facebook in the context of the backpacking experience.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 17486
Depositing User: Cody Paris
Date Deposited: 04 May 2016 12:12
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2018 16:54
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/17486

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