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The Benefits of Facebook ''Friends:'' Social Capital and College Students' Use of Online Social Network Sites

Published on Jul 1, 2007in Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication4.90
· DOI :10.1111/j.1083-6101.2007.00367.x
Nicole B. Ellison41
Estimated H-index: 41
(MSU: Michigan State University),
Charles Steinfield42
Estimated H-index: 42
(MSU: Michigan State University),
Cliff Lampe33
Estimated H-index: 33
(MSU: Michigan State University)
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This study examines the relationship between use of Facebook, a popular online social network site, and the formation and maintenance of social capital. In addition to assessing bonding and bridging social capital, we explore a dimension of social capital that assesses one’s ability to stay connected with members of a previously inhabited community, which we call maintained social capital. Regression analyses conducted on results from a survey of undergraduate students (N = 286) suggest a strong association between use of Facebook and the three types of social capital, with the strongest relationship being to bridging social capital. In addition, Facebook usage was found to interact with measures of psychological well-being, suggesting that it might provide greater benefits for users experiencing low self-esteem and low life satisfaction.
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Marianna Obrist19
Estimated H-index: 19
(Newcastle University),
Sue Ann Seah7
Estimated H-index: 7
(UoB: University of Bristol),
Sriram Subramanian34
Estimated H-index: 34
(UoB: University of Bristol)
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Published on Apr 29, 2007 in CHI (Human Factors in Computing Systems)
Cliff Lampe33
Estimated H-index: 33
(MSU: Michigan State University),
Nicole B. Ellison41
Estimated H-index: 41
(MSU: Michigan State University),
Charles Steinfield42
Estimated H-index: 42
(MSU: Michigan State University)
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Published on Jan 1, 2007in Communication Education
Joseph P. Mazer17
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Richard E. Murphy3
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Cheri J. Simonds5
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Published on Jan 1, 2007in arXiv: Computers and Society
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Estimated H-index: 9
(HP: Hewlett-Packard),
Dennis M. Wilkinson15
Estimated H-index: 15
(HP: Hewlett-Packard),
Bernardo A. Huberman47
Estimated H-index: 47
(HP: Hewlett-Packard)
College students spend a significant amount of time using online social net- work services for messaging, sharing information, and keeping in touch with one another (e.g. [3, 10]). As these services represent a plentiful source of electronic data, they provide an opportunity to study dynamic patterns of social interactions quickly and exhaustively. In this paper, we study the social net- work service Facebook, which began in early 2004 in select universities, but grew quickly to encompass a very...
Published on Nov 4, 2006
Cliff Lampe33
Estimated H-index: 33
(MSU: Michigan State University),
Nicole B. Ellison41
Estimated H-index: 41
(MSU: Michigan State University),
Charles Steinfield42
Estimated H-index: 42
(MSU: Michigan State University)
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Malcolm Brynin17
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Sara Kiesler76
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Published on Jan 1, 2006in Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication4.90
Nicole B. Ellison41
Estimated H-index: 41
(MSU: Michigan State University),
Rebecca D. Heino5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Georgetown University),
Jennifer L. Gibbs18
Estimated H-index: 18
(RU: Rutgers University)
This study investigates self-presentation strategies among online dating participants,exploring how participants manage their online presentation of self in order to accom-plish the goal of finding a romantic partner. Thirty-four individuals active on a largeonline dating site participated in telephone interviews about their online dating experi-ences and perceptions. Qualitative data analysis suggests that participants attended tosmall cues online, mediated the tension between impression managem...
Published on Jan 1, 2006in Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication4.90
Dmitri Williams29
Estimated H-index: 29
(UIUC: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign)
Scholars investigating the relationship between the Internet and social capital have beenstymied by a series of obstacles, some due to theoretical frameworks handed downunchanged from television research, and some due to the lack of an appropriate yard-stick. For example, the social interactions that occur through television are prima faciedifferent from those that occur online. Given this basic functional difference, we cannotapproach social capital research in an online era with the same set o...
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Published on Jan 1, 2020
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(Taylors University)
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Estimated H-index: 5
(Kent State University at Stark),
Amber L. Ferris2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Akron),
Daniel J. Casey (UWSP: University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point)
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+ 2 AuthorsThomas G. Kimball
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Estimated H-index: 13
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Estimated H-index: 1
(YSU: Youngstown State University),
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