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

@article{Ellison2007TheBO,
  title={The Benefits of Facebook "Friends: " Social Capital and College Students' Use of Online Social Network Sites},
  author={Nicole B. Ellison and Charles Steinfield and Cliff Lampe},
  journal={J. Computer-Mediated Communication},
  year={2007},
  volume={12},
  pages={1143-1168}
}
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… CONTINUE READING
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