Journal article

A Meta-Analysis of Social Networking Online and Social Capital

Dong Liu, Sarah E Ainsworth, Roy F Baumeister

REVIEW OF GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2016

Abstract

Social networking sites offer new avenues for interpersonal communication that may enable people to build social capital. The meta-analyses reported in this paper evaluated the relationship between social network site (SNS) use and 2 types of social capital: bridging social capital and bonding social capital. The meta-analyses included data from 58 articles gathered through scholarly databases and a hand search of the early publications of relevant journals. Using a random effects model, the overall effect size of the relationship between SNS use and bridging social capital based on k = 50 studies and N = 22,290 participants was r = .32 (95% CI [.27, .37]), and the overall effect size betwee..

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Grants

Awarded by Research Funds of Renmin University of China


Funding Acknowledgements

Dong Liu, Sarah E. Ainsworth, and Roy F. Baumeister contributed equally to this work. This study was supported by grants from the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities and the Research Funds of Renmin University of China (15XNLF08).