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Social Capital in Multiple Forms of CMC

This study examined the levels of social capital that were available in different forms of CMC. In its simplest definition, social capital refers to the types of resources that are available when individuals interact. It was found that, overall, females demonstrated greater offline and online social capital than males. In relation to CMC tools, it was observed that Facebook and online games were more associated with maintaining social connections with larger number of people, whereas instant messaging was associated with the maintenance of close, emotional bonds. The results also suggested that heavy CMC use can separate individuals from contacts known from the offline world, but still provide the illusion of social connectedness. Thus, some CMC users may spend a great deal of time engaged in activities which seem to provide social capital (e.g., status postings), but in reality are developing very few social resources which can be used in a time of need.

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