Connection strategies: Social capital implications of Facebook-enabled communication practices

@article{Ellison2011ConnectionSS,
  title={Connection strategies: Social capital implications of Facebook-enabled communication practices},
  author={Nicole B. Ellison and Charles Steinfield and Cliff Lampe},
  journal={New Media \& Society},
  year={2011},
  volume={13},
  pages={873 - 892}
}
This study assesses whether Facebook users have different ‘connection strategies,’ a term which describes a suite of Facebook-related relational communication activities, and explores the relationship between these connection strategies and social capital. Survey data (N = 450) from a random sample of undergraduate students reveal that only social information-seeking behaviors contribute to perceptions of social capital; connection strategies that focus on strangers or close friends do not. We… 

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