Affording to Exchange: Social Capital and Online Information Sharing

Maksl, Adam; Young, Rachel
August 2013
CyberPsychology, Behavior & Social Networking;Aug2013, Vol. 16 Issue 8, p588
Academic Journal
The potential harm and benefit associated with sharing personal information online is a topic of debate and discussion. Using survey methods ( n=872), we explore whether attainment of social capital online relates to greater comfort with sharing personal information. We found that perceptions of bridging and bonding social capital earned from using Facebook are significant predictors of overall comfort levels with sharing personal information. This research raises timely questions about how the perceived benefits of social networking sites influence how personal information is shared online.


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