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Seeking Community and Networked Individualism: Exploring the Online Social Networks of Community College Students

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Despite the widespread use of social media among college students, little is known about the benefits of its use in diverse contexts and for specific purposes. This case- study uses an on-line community within Facebook—Schools App—designed, intentionally, to help community college students at a particular institution to build relationships with peers and faculty. Descriptive statistics, social network analyses, and qualitative analyses were conducted to answer the proposed research questions. Findings reveal that students are, indeed, making new “friends” through MPCC’s Schools App. However, not all students are connected with each other, the measure of density is low. Furthermore, we found distinct patterns of on-line exchanges among students. The most frequent use of the app among students was posting on their wall or in a “community” for the purpose of: (a) soliciting friendships, (b) finding other students with common interests, (c) arranging events/activities, and (d) to connect with others taking same classes. In sum, results of our case-study support the notion of networked individualism. That is, students use the on-line community to create interpersonal ties that provide sociability, a sense of belonging, and social identity.

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Rios-Aguilar, Cecilia., Gonzalez Canche, Manuel., Fagioli, Loris. and Deil-Amen, Regina. "Seeking Community and Networked Individualism: Exploring the Online Social Networks of Community College Students" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Colorado Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, Denver, CO, Aug 16, 2012 <Not Available>. 2014-12-12 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p564740_index.html>

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Rios-Aguilar, C. , Gonzalez Canche, M. , Fagioli, L. and Deil-Amen, R. , 2012-08-16 "Seeking Community and Networked Individualism: Exploring the Online Social Networks of Community College Students" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Colorado Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, Denver, CO Online <PDF>. 2014-12-12 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p564740_index.html

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Abstract: Despite the widespread use of social media among college students, little is known about the benefits of its use in diverse contexts and for specific purposes. This case- study uses an on-line community within Facebook—Schools App—designed, intentionally, to help community college students at a particular institution to build relationships with peers and faculty. Descriptive statistics, social network analyses, and qualitative analyses were conducted to answer the proposed research questions. Findings reveal that students are, indeed, making new “friends” through MPCC’s Schools App. However, not all students are connected with each other, the measure of density is low. Furthermore, we found distinct patterns of on-line exchanges among students. The most frequent use of the app among students was posting on their wall or in a “community” for the purpose of: (a) soliciting friendships, (b) finding other students with common interests, (c) arranging events/activities, and (d) to connect with others taking same classes. In sum, results of our case-study support the notion of networked individualism. That is, students use the on-line community to create interpersonal ties that provide sociability, a sense of belonging, and social identity.


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