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Is social networking becoming the social etiquette norm?

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Ever since Facebook originated back in 2004, it has been a way for people to connect.  It has changed the way we interact. But how has it affected social etiquette?

Have you ever had someone ask "are you on Facebook?" Well, the site has made it easier for people to connect.  Now, instead of asking "can I have your phone number?" They're asking "can I friend you?"

"A lot of times people will be like 'hey do you have Facebook,' before they even ask for my phone number," says ASU student Alle Knight.

Facebook is a website that's changed the way we socially interact. "Without Facebook, I don't think we could socially interact. If I ever deleted my page I probably won't keep in touch with all the people I do now," says ASU student Bethany Hines.

Social etiquette has evolved over the years. "I go to a party and they're like 'hey are you on Facebook?' The next day they added me on Facebook. I like that better than exchanging numbers," says Hines.

"The girlfriend I have now, I actually sent her a Facebook message after we met. We just talked on Facebook, and then I got her number," says student Jeff Cone. He says Facebook has almost become another step in the "rules of dating."

"You know you used to ask a girl out, and then you are together. Then there was like this 'we're talking' stage. Now, there's facebook. Then whenever you get together, it's are you F.B.O. (Facebook Official).  You got to put it on facebook to make sure everyone knows about it," says Cone.

But there are dangers. Instead of someone just dialing you up, you're possibly allowing someone to dial into your profile and personal information. While you have the choice to either confirm or deny a friend request, you have to be careful.

"It is kind of strange, but you can set it to private.  I didn't even know my phone number was on there, because I had set it up to get updates on my phone.  So I took my phone number off there, because they automatically put it on there. So that kind of creeps me out," says Knight.

While Facebook is a great tool, are we losing our ability or even the desire for face-to-face communication? Only the future will decide that.

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