This paper entitled “Social Networks and Social Ties: Changing
Trends among Urban Dwellers in Bangladesh” discussed the impact of using social network sites on social
ties. The main aim of the article is to reveal how internet and social
networking sites reshapes our social relations especially in urban settings.
The study followed qualitative way of analyzing social relations and its
dynamics. Using empirical data, the article reveals how technological development is changing the
contemporary world very rapidly. Changes are taking place in all spheres of
life and ultimately these situations change our own society, conventional
social thinking patterns and cultural beliefs. The internet is offering new
forms of social relations and ties in both private and public sphere through
social networking sites like—Facebook, Skype, Twitter, Viber, WeChat, WhatsApp
and Imo etc.—that affect the pattern of our day-to-day interaction and
relationships within families, communities and society at large. For these
changes, human behavior is also changing and therefore, the study is becoming
more important in the preset interpersonal relationship. Our contemporary way
of living is demanding too much time away from natural social relationships because
of technological advancement which is playing a major role for these changes
and has a definite consequence on the social and cultural area of Bangladesh.
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Akhter, T. and Palit, A. (2016) Effects of Neoliberal Globalization on Readymade Garment Industry of Bangladesh: A Case Study for Chittagong. In: Das, R.C., Handbook of Research on Global Indicators of Economic and Political Convergence, IGI Global, 538-557 https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-0215-9.ch023