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See you on Facebook: a framework for analyzing the role of computer-mediated interaction in the evolution of social capital

Antoci, Angelo and Sabatini, Fabio and Sodini, Mauro (2012) See you on Facebook: a framework for analyzing the role of computer-mediated interaction in the evolution of social capital. The Journal of Socio-Economics, Vol. 41 (5), p. 541-547. eISSN 1879-1239. Article.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2012.04.024

Abstract

Empirical studies have documented a decline in indicators of social participation in the last five decades. The responsibility of social disengagement has often been attributed to pervasive busyness and the increasing pressure on time. In this paper we argue that computer-mediated interaction, and particularly online networking, can help mitigate this downward trend. We develop a logical framework for assessing the role of the Internet in the evolution of social participation. We analyze an economy where agents can develop their social interactions through two main modes of participation, one encompassing both online networking and face to face interactions, and the other solely based on physical encounters. We study the interdependence between the increase in the pressure on time and the variation in the relative performance of the two strategies of participation.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:8586
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Internet, computer-mediated communication, online networking, facebook, social networks, social capital
Subjects:Area 13 - Scienze economiche e statistiche > SECS-S/06 Metodi matematici dell'economia e delle scienze attuariali e finanziarie
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Scienze economiche e aziendali
Publisher:Elsevier
eISSN:1879-1239
Deposited On:01 Feb 2013 11:44

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