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

  • Michael A. Stefanone University at Buffalo
  • Kyounghee Kwon University at Buffalo
  • Derek Lackaff Elon University
Keywords: Computer-mediated communication, Networks, Social support

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.

Author Biographies

Michael A. Stefanone, University at Buffalo
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University at Buffalo
Kyounghee Kwon, University at Buffalo
Graduate Student, Department of Communication, University at Buffalo
Derek Lackaff, Elon University
Assistant Professor, Elon University
Published
2011-01-23
How to Cite
Stefanone, M. A., Kwon, K., & Lackaff, D. (2011). The value of online friends: Networked resources via social network sites. First Monday, 16(2). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v16i2.3314