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

  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. Comput. Mediat. Commun.},
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… 

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