Facebook article in CMC

The Benefits of Facebook “Friends:” Social Capital and College Students’ Use of Online Social Network Sites

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
strong association between use of Facebook and the three types of
social capital, with the strongest relationship being to bridging
social capital. In addition, Facebook usage was found to interact with
measures of psychological well-being, suggesting that it might provide
greater benefits for users experiencing low self-esteem and low life
satisfaction.

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