Cultural Differences in Garnering Social Capital on Facebook: French People Prefer Close Ties and Americans Prefer Distant Ties

Brown, Genavee and Michinov, Nicolas (2017) Cultural Differences in Garnering Social Capital on Facebook: French People Prefer Close Ties and Americans Prefer Distant Ties. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, 46 (6). pp. 579-593. ISSN 1747-5759

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/17475759.2017.1387166

Abstract

The link between social capital (SC) and Facebook has been widely studied in the U.S., and less is known about how students from different cultures use the site to garner SC. We measured network composition, communication on Facebook, and SC via questionnaires in France and the U.S. We found that American students have a greater proportion of distant to close ties in their networks and higher levels of bridging SC than French, the latter preferring bonding SC. A stronger relationship between SC and communication via Facebook was observed in the U.S. These findings are explained by cultural differences in relatedness.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Facebook, relatedness, social capital, network composition, cross-cultural
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2019 09:44
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2019 09:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/41313

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