Spanish academics and social networking sites: Use, non-use, and the perceived advantages and drawbacks of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, ResearchGate, and

Francisco Segado-Boj, Jesús Díaz-Campo, Erika Fernández-Gómez, María-Ángeles Chaparro-Domínguez


This study examines Spanish academics’ motives for using social networking sites (SNS) and their perceptions regarding the limitations of and drawbacks to social media. We analyse 18 in-depth interviews conducted with Spanish university professors chosen according to their disciplines, academic ranks and level of use. Our findings confirm prior research based on the uses and gratifications theory. Thus, we conclude that SNS are used for managing content, identifying experts in a researcher’s field of knowledge. In addition, academics need to manage different personal identities in each SNS they use.


Facebook; Twitter;; ResearchGate; LinkedIn; Scholarly Communication; Teaching; Research; collaboration

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