ERIC Number: EJ1018977
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Facebook Use and Social Capital: To Bond, To Bridge, or to Escape
Kwon, Min-Woo; D'Angelo, Jonathan; McLeod, Douglas M.
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v33 n1-2 p35-43 Feb-Apr 2013
This study employs the uses and gratification approach to investigate how different forms of Facebook use are linked to bridging social capital and bonding social capital. A survey of 152 college students was conducted to address research questions and to test hypotheses. Factor analysis identified six unique uses and gratifications: (a) information seeking, (b) entertainment, (c) communication, (d) social relations, (e) escape, and (f) Facebook applications. Findings reveal that intensity of Facebook use and the use of Facebook for social relations are positive predictors of bridging social capital, whereas the use of Facebook for escape is negatively linked to bonding social capital.
Descriptors: Social Networks, Social Capital, College Students, Interpersonal Communication, Use Studies, Attachment Behavior, Social Isolation, Student Attitudes, Incidence, Motivation, Student Surveys, Factor Analysis, Information Seeking
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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