AT New Oxford Review, J. Jacob Tawney discusses the effects of Facebook on friendship. He writes:
The danger in the frequent use of Facebook lies in the devolution of the entire concept of friendship. The problem is not in keeping a list of contacts, but in thinking that one actually is in contact with a “friend.” It is telling that the creators of Facebook chose this word instead of a more appropriate one like contact. The word friend is more appealing to users due to the connotation of the word coupled with the natural need for this type of relationship. But those who are “friends” on Facebook have no obligation to act in a manner befitting authentic friendship.