Date Thesis Awarded
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Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Joel D. Schwartz
Robert B. Archibald
This study argues that Facebook only generates bridging social capital through driving people to offline events. Other indicators on Facebook such as Facebook friends or Facebook group membership do not appear associated with social capital. Beyond that, political positions posted on Facebook appear to be reasonably accurate but influenced by what the user's Facebook friends have on their profiles.
Byler, Daniel M., "Online Social Networks and Their Relationship to Social Capital and Political Attitudes" (2009). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 239.
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