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NMSU professor to share research about subconscious effects of Facebook

Are the friends you have on Facebook as valuable socially as those closest to you? A New Mexico State University professor will discuss Facebook?s influence on social perceptions at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in the College of Health and Social Services auditorium.


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Brianna Lane, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at NMSU, will host a talk on the subconscious effects of Facebook at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in the College of Health and Social Services auditorium. (Courtesy photo)

Brianna Lane, visiting assistant professor of communication studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, will give the talk titled: ?Facebook: Friends, Relationships and Support.?

?With over a billion active users, Facebook is changing our perceptions of what it means to be a friend, make a relationship public and seek social support,? Lane said.

As a researcher, Lane examines impression formation from online identity claims. She has also conducted research regarding social support on social networking sites, and the effects of cell phone use in romantic relationships.

During her presentation, Lane will explore current research on the effects of Facebook specifically related to social interactions. She will also discuss how this popular social media platform can unknowingly influence its users? impressions.

This event is free and open to the public. Visitors should log on to http://auxadminforms.nmsu.edu/ParkingForms/ePermit.aspx for a free parking pass.