What's App: A social capital perspective

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Purpose - Based on the premises of Putnam's bridging social capital, and on Ellison, Steinfield and Lampe's notion of maintained social capital, the purpose of this paper is to explore the extent to which the well-being variables of self-esteem and loneliness, as well as What's App attitudes and intention to use variables, explain the social capital students gain from What's App use. Design/methodology/approach - The research was conducted in Israel during the second semester of the 2014 academic year and included 124 students from two major universities in Israel. Researchers used six questionnaires to gather data. Findings - Findings confirm that the well-being variables, as well as What's App attitudes and intention to use, affect the social capital students gain while using What's App. Originality/value - The findings of this study shed light on a new technological platform: What's App that has rarely been examined to date. In addition, it expands the social capital and well-being perspectives to new media.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-42
Number of pages17
JournalOnline Information Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 9 Feb 2015

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  • Bridging social capital
  • Loneliness
  • Maintained social capital
  • Self-esteem
  • What's App


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