Space Coast

My name is Alan Flaten, and I am a graduate student at the college of journalism and communications at the University of Florida.

This semester marks the beginning of my second year at UF, which means I must begin working on my thesis for graduation. As you can imagine, I am quite terrifed mortified queasy excited to do so! I have a strong passion for video games, having grown up with them, and I will be tying that love into my research endeavors. Specifically, I will be studying user motivations for playing online social network games.

Games such as Zynga's Farmville and Mafia Wars have grown into extremely popular wastes of time applications on Facebook. I believe researching why could lead to a better understanding of our use of social networks in general.