The findings contradict a widespread belief that online socializing is replacing in person contact as people shun the world beyond their computer screen.
"Our findings suggest that Facebook is not supplanting face-to-face interactions between friends, family and colleagues," said S. Craig Watkins, an associate professor of radio, TV and film at the University of Texas.
"In fact, we believe there is sufficient evidence that social media afford opportunities for new expressions of friendship, intimacy and community," Watkins said, according to Reuters.
"Facebook brings all our different networks and social scenes together. We present ourselves in different ways, whether to friends, co-workers, or family," Watkins said.
Facebook has more than 500 million users worldwide.