Individuals' personal network characteristics and patterns of Facebook use: A social network approach

Namkee Park, Seungyoon Lee, Jang Hyun Kim

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Using the theoretical framework of ego-centric networks, this study examines the associations between the characteristics of both Facebook-specific and pre-existing personal networks and patterns of Facebook use. With data from an ego-network survey of college students, the study discovered that various dimensions of Facebook-specific network characteristics, such as multiplexity, proximity, density, and heterogeneity in race, were positively associated with usage patterns, including time spent on Facebook, posting messages, posting photos, and lurking. In contrast, network characteristics of pre-existing relationships, such as density and heterogeneity in race, were negatively associated with Facebook usage patterns. Theoretical implications and limitations were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1700-1707
Number of pages8
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Sept

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by the Faculty Enrichment Grant from the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Oklahoma.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Psychology(all)


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