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Gender, Social Capital And Social Network(ing) Sites: Women Bonding, Men Searching

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This paper examines the association between a particular type of social capital and popular social computing applications through the prism of gender – specifically bonding social capital and social network(ing) sites (SNS) such as Facebook and Myspace. Results from a sample of college SNS users are reported (n=301). I find significant gender differences: women increase their bonding social capital as a result of using these sites but men do not. Women, on the other hand, show a decrease in bonding social capital as a result of general Internet use (aside from SNS) while there was no such association for men. The differences are further explored by examining specific types of SNS use. I find that women were generally oriented towards their existing friendship networks whereas men were more interested in meeting new people and finding people who had similar interests -- in other words, reaching out to new people rather than cementing their existing relationships. These results contribute to the growing research on social capital and Internet and highlight the importance of examining specific Internet applications; the importance of distinguishing between strong and weak ties; and also the importance of taking into account gender differences in social interactions patterns.

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social capital, gender, social network sites, social networking sites, facebook, Internet, computer
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Tufekci, Zeynep. "Gender, Social Capital And Social Network(ing) Sites: Women Bonding, Men Searching" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Sheraton Boston and the Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA, Jul 31, 2008 <Not Available>. 2014-12-01 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p242696_index.html>

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Tufekci, Z. , 2008-07-31 "Gender, Social Capital And Social Network(ing) Sites: Women Bonding, Men Searching" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Sheraton Boston and the Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA Online <PDF>. 2014-12-01 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p242696_index.html

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Abstract: This paper examines the association between a particular type of social capital and popular social computing applications through the prism of gender – specifically bonding social capital and social network(ing) sites (SNS) such as Facebook and Myspace. Results from a sample of college SNS users are reported (n=301). I find significant gender differences: women increase their bonding social capital as a result of using these sites but men do not. Women, on the other hand, show a decrease in bonding social capital as a result of general Internet use (aside from SNS) while there was no such association for men. The differences are further explored by examining specific types of SNS use. I find that women were generally oriented towards their existing friendship networks whereas men were more interested in meeting new people and finding people who had similar interests -- in other words, reaching out to new people rather than cementing their existing relationships. These results contribute to the growing research on social capital and Internet and highlight the importance of examining specific Internet applications; the importance of distinguishing between strong and weak ties; and also the importance of taking into account gender differences in social interactions patterns.


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