Teenagers' Experiences With Social Network Sites

Relationships to Bridging and Bonding Social Capital

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Abstract

Many studies have examined the relationship between social network sites (SNSs) and the development of social capital. However, most studies to date have only considered college and adult populations. This study examines the patterns of SNS use in an urban, teenage sample in the United States. It tests the hypothesis that use of SNSs is related to higher levels of social capital. The results show that youth who use Facebook and Myspace report higher social capital in both their school and online relationships. In addition, the analysis suggests that distinct modes of SNS experiences are differentially related to bridging and bonding social capital. Time spent in SNSs is related to bridging capital, while positive or negative experiences are related to bonding capital. The study offers new insights into how youth experience SNSs and the relationship of that experience with their connection to the world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-109
Number of pages11
JournalInformation Society
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2012

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Keywords

  • adolescents
  • social capital
  • social network sites
  • teenagers
  • youth populations

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  • Cultural Studies
  • Information Systems
  • Management Information Systems
  • Political Science and International Relations

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Teenagers' Experiences With Social Network Sites : Relationships to Bridging and Bonding Social Capital. / Ahn, June.

In: Information Society, Vol. 28, No. 2, 03.2012, p. 99-109.

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