Learning to like Facebook? Effects of cultural and educational capital on the use of social network sites in a population of university students
Randy Lynn, University of Missouri - Saint Louis, United States
University of Missouri - Saint Louis . Awarded
This study explores the reasons why university students prefer to join or participate frequently in one social network website (SNS) over another. Drawing from previous research into motivations and environmental factors influencing SNS behavior, a theoretical model of SNS selection and frequency of use is constructed and evaluated. Random sampling methods are used to generate a population of students from a midwestern, urban, public university with an enrollment of nearly 16,000. Subjects responded to a questionnaire soliciting information regarding personal characteristics and SNS behaviors, and additional data was extracted from a content analysis of SNS profiles. The results show that attachment, age, and educational capital are the primary factors associated with SNS preference, while the effect of cultural capital is minimal. Limitations and implications are discussed.
Lynn, R. Learning to like Facebook? Effects of cultural and educational capital on the use of social network sites in a population of university students. Master's thesis, University of Missouri - Saint Louis.
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