The value of online friends: Networked resources via social network sites

Michael A. Stefanone, Kyounghee Kwon, Derek Lackaff

Abstract


This study investigated the instrumental value of resources embedded in online social networks. 49 primary participants solicited a total of 588 secondary participants who were asked to complete a modest task. Approximately 16 per cent of all secondary participants responded (N = 98) to the request. 8.5 per cent of weak ties responded and strong ties were about three times more likely to respond. Perceived reciprocity, contact frequency and a composite measure of tie strength were all positively related to enacted support.

Keywords


Computer-mediated communication, Networks, Social support

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v16i2.3314



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