Uses and Gratifications of Social Networking Sites for Social Capital
Phua, Joe, Seunga Venus Jin, and Jihoon (Jay) Kim (2016), “Uses and Gratifications of Social Networking Sites for Social Capital: Comparing Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat,” Presentation at the International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Conference, Fukuoka, Japan, June 2016.
Abstract: Applying uses and gratifications theory (UGT), this study examined users of four social networking sites (SNSs): Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, and their influence on online bridging and bonding social capital. Results (N = 297) indicated that Snapchat users scored highest for passing time, sharing problems, and gaining social knowledge, while Instagram users scored highest for showing affection, following fashion, and demonstrating sociability. Twitter users had the highest bridging social capital, followed by Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat, while Snapchat users had the highest bonding social capital, followed by Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. SNS intensity, trust, tie strength, homophily, privacy concerns, introversion, and attention to social comparison also moderated the relationship between SNS use and bridging and bonding social capital. Implications for future research are discussed.
Abstract: Written for the theoretical section of this edited book, this chapter maps the conceptual terrain for the concept of “transcultural subjectivity.” It offers new insights into thinking about the idea, practice and constructed personhood in contemporary global media forms in post-colonial contexts. It draws on the literature of post-colonial studies, transnational media studies and […]
Abstract: This essay considers the American heroine as portrayed in life and death on the pages of newspapers and magazines. Journalists use, and sometimes misuse, the term “hero” as a type of news frame, a tradition of highlighting extraordinary feats of individuals. In the United States, journalistic references to heroism both increased and evolved as […]