Redefining Boundaries in Families through Social Networking Leisure

Iryna Sharaievska, Monika Stodolska

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The purpose of this study was to explore the influence the use of social networking sites (SNS) for leisure has on boundaries between families and the outside world, as well as boundaries between family members. The family systems theory and the concept of boundaries served as a basis for this study. Seven families (22 individual family members) took part in the study. Group and individual interviews were conducted for this study. The data supported previous research claiming that connection with the outside world was among the major reasons for using SNS. The findings also suggested that families tried to preserve clear boundaries between themselves and the outside world by controlling who can access their accounts, what information can be shared and what is appropriate time to use SNS. The findings also suggested that the boundaries between family members are constantly being redefined to meet the changing realities of technological world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-446
Number of pages16
JournalLeisure Sciences
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 20 2015


  • Facebook
  • family boundaries
  • family leisure
  • social media
  • technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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