Attachment to Facebook and the civic lives of minority college students in the United States

  • Francis Dalisay University of Guam
  • Matthew Kushin Shepherd University
  • Masahiro Yamamoto University of Wisconsin, Lacrosse
  • Yung-I Liu California State University-East Bay
  • Wayne Buente School of Communications, Assistant Professor
Keywords: Minority, Facebook use, civic and political engagement, neighborliness, social trust


A survey of minority college students attending an urban university in the U.S. Midwest was conducted to examine the links between emotional attachment to Facebook and levels along key civic indicators. Results suggested that minority college students’ emotional attachment to Facebook is positively associated with their off-line and online political participation, social trust, and neighborliness, but not with their off-line and online civic engagement. Also, the findings indicate moderate levels of emotional attachment to Facebook, off-line civic engagement, off-line political participation, and social trust, and low levels of online civic engagement and online political participation among minority college students.

Author Biographies

Francis Dalisay, University of Guam
assistant professor in the Communication and Fine Arts Department, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Matthew Kushin, Shepherd University
Assistant Professor
Masahiro Yamamoto, University of Wisconsin, Lacrosse
Assistant Professor
Yung-I Liu, California State University-East Bay

Communication Department, Assistant Professor

How to Cite
Dalisay, F., Kushin, M., Yamamoto, M., Liu, Y.-I., & Buente, W. (2016). Attachment to Facebook and the civic lives of minority college students in the United States. First Monday.