Investigating Relations Between Facebook Use and Social Capital Among College Undergraduates

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This article examines relations between Facebook® (FB) use and social capital among 530 undergraduate students. The results demonstrated that using FB habitually was associated with gains in online bridging and offline network capital. This study also examined 2 motivations for using FB: the motivation to socialize with others and the motivation to improve one's status. Results showed that using FB for sociability reasons was associated with increased online bridging and bonding. Using FB more for status than for sociability was not associated with decreased online bridging and bonding. Finally, the results provided evidence of the sociability motivation mediating the relationship between FB habit and online bridging and bonding. Theoretical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-496
Number of pages18
JournalCommunication Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2013


  • Facebook
  • Social Capital
  • Social Networking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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