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Towards high speed social relationships – A longitudinal study of Facebook use

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to investigate whether Facebook is a substitute for in-person relationships. If so, it could have serious consequences for society. In an extensive longitudinal study (N = 2,000: 15–75 years of age) carried out in Norway, we investigated whether Facebook usage has an impact on offline social capital. We found no causal relationship between Facebook use and any of the offline social dimensions (family contact, close friends, bridging capital) , as opposed to gender and age, which proved to be far more important predictors. However, the results of the comparison of non-users with daily Facebook users in three annual waves (2008, 2009, and 2010) indicate that daily Facebook users are characterised by significantly more face-to-face interaction with close friends and a greater network of acquaintances. We therefore suggest that Facebook contribute towards a more high-speed nature of social relationships.

Category

Academic chapter/article/Conference paper

Client

  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 210633

Language

English

Affiliation

  • SINTEF Digital / Software and Service Innovation

Year

2014

Publisher

IADIS Press

Book

Proceedings of the International Conferences on ICT, Society and Human Beings 2014 ; Web Based Communities and Social Media 2014 ; E-Commerce 2014 ; Information Systems Post-Implementation and Change Management 2014 and E-Health 2014 : Lisbon, Portugal, July 17-19, 2014

ISBN

978-989-8704-11-5

Page(s)

86 - 96

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