"Connecting" and "Disconnecting" With Civic Life: Patterns of Internet Use and the Production of Social Capital

  title={"Connecting" and "Disconnecting" With Civic Life: Patterns of Internet Use and the Production of Social Capital},
  author={Dhavan V. Shah and Nojin Kwak and R. Lance Holbert},
  journal={Political Communication},
This article explores the relationship between Internet use and the individual-level production of social capital. To do so, the authors adopt a motivational perspective to distinguish among types of Internet use when examining the factors predicting civic engagement, interpersonal trust, and life contentment. The predictive power of new media use is then analyzed relative to key demographic, contextual, and traditional media use variables using the 1999 DDB Life Style Study. Although the size… 

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