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This is a book about life, love and how disruptive technologies are radically changing our approach to both. Far from being a cheap, voyeuristic glimpse into an arena where people can superficially explore their life's longest wrenching musings over "what if"", Gottfurcht instead critically examines how Facebook is truly emerging as a social phenomenon that almost instantaneously transcends the relationship space-time continuum and promotes a healthy carefree disregard to real world social norms. The book is a collection of vignettes about Facebook users caught in often humorous, sometimes tragic, predicaments and opportunities that often compel them to question what they want most from life and how to harmonize those desires with adult responsibilities and expectations. From the earliest moments, we meet ordinary people facing the hoariest of relationship problems that are enabled or instigated by Facebook in fascinating and unexpected ways. Along the way me meet characters not too dissimilar to ourselves that are struggling with the same questions many of us contemplate, albeit in a far more public and well-documented forum. Oh, and not to disappoint, Gottfurct includes plenty of colorful, lurid stories to make her points. Anyone interested in the sociological implications of Facebook, or technology for matter, on romantic relationships, and that prefers intriguing stories involving round characters over prosaic text book snoozers, will enjoy this book immensely.
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