Social capital on Facebook: The impact of personality and online communication behaviors

Leong, Eliza Weigin, Campbell, Marilyn, Kimpton, Melanie, Wozencroft, Kelly, & Orel, Alexandra (2016) Social capital on Facebook: The impact of personality and online communication behaviors. Journal of Educational Computing Research. (In Press)

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Online relationship formation through social networking sites helps to meet the developmental need for intimacy in emerging adults. Through the use of the "rich get richer" and the "social compensation" hypotheses, it is evident that personality characteristics such as extraversion and introversion impact online relationship formation. However, there is a lack of research on the amount of relational benefits, in terms of social capital, accrued from these relationships. This study addressed this issue by examining how the online communication styles of extraverts and introverts mediate the relationship between the personality variables and the accumulation of online social capital. Support for the “rich get richer” hypothesis was found, with extraversion leading to the accumulation of bonding social capital. This relationship was mediated by the active communication behaviors of extraverts.

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ID Code: 96380
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: extraversion,, social capital,, online communication behaviors,, Facebook,, emerging adults
DOI: 10.1177/0735633116631886
ISSN: 1541-4140
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 29 Jun 2016 00:26
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2016 16:43

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