Does social network site use matter for mothers? Implications for bonding and bridging capital

Juyoung Jang, Jodi Dworkin

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Abstract

Utilizing a national sample of mothers, we explored the impact of attitudes toward technology and comfort with technology on frequency of social network site use and number of social network site activities. We then extended that model to consider the implications of social network site use on bonding and bridging social capital. Path analysis revealed that mothers' age impacted their comfort with technology which was associated with their number of social network site activities. Frequency of social network site use was positively related to mothers' reports of bonding social capital. The number of social network site activities, on the other hand, was positively related to both bonding and bridging social capital. These associations varied by child age. Implications of these findings for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-495
Number of pages7
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Volume35
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2014

Keywords

  • Comfort with technology
  • Mothers
  • Parenting
  • Social capital
  • Social network sites

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