First-generation students and college: The role of Facebook networks as information sources

Grace Young Joo Jeon, Nicole B. Ellison, Bernie Hogan, Christine Greenhow

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    Abstract

    Social network site (SNS) platforms have the potential to be effective information-seeking channels due to their technical and social affordances, such as the ability to broadcast content to a large group and to aggregate one's contacts. This study tests the impact of a Facebook app that allows users to visualize their network of Facebook Friends to see how it influences who adolescents identify as good sources of information about college. Comparing Friends selected by 24 high school seniors before and after viewing Facebook network visualizations reveals that firstgeneration students were more likely to select higher quality information sources among their Facebook Friends after exposure to the visualization. Our results suggest that social media can help users identify good human information sources by making hidden resources in one's network more visible.

    LanguageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Pages887-899
    Number of pages13
    Volume27
    ISBN (Print)9781450335928
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Feb 27 2016
    Event19th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2016 - San Francisco, United States
    Duration: Feb 27 2016Mar 2 2016

    Other

    Other19th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2016
    CountryUnited States
    CitySan Francisco
    Period2/27/163/2/16

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    Keywords

    • College access
    • Facebook
    • First-generation
    • Information seeking
    • Network visualization
    • Social media
    • Social network sites

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Software
    • Computer Networks and Communications
    • Human-Computer Interaction

    Cite this

    Jeon, G. Y. J., Ellison, N. B., Hogan, B., & Greenhow, C. (2016). First-generation students and college: The role of Facebook networks as information sources. In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW (Vol. 27, pp. 887-899). Association for Computing Machinery. DOI: 10.1145/2818048.2820074

    First-generation students and college : The role of Facebook networks as information sources. / Jeon, Grace Young Joo; Ellison, Nicole B.; Hogan, Bernie; Greenhow, Christine.

    Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW. Vol. 27 Association for Computing Machinery, 2016. p. 887-899.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Jeon, GYJ, Ellison, NB, Hogan, B & Greenhow, C 2016, First-generation students and college: The role of Facebook networks as information sources. in Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW. vol. 27, Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 887-899, 19th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2016, San Francisco, United States, 2/27/16. DOI: 10.1145/2818048.2820074
    Jeon GYJ, Ellison NB, Hogan B, Greenhow C. First-generation students and college: The role of Facebook networks as information sources. In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW. Vol. 27. Association for Computing Machinery. 2016. p. 887-899. Available from, DOI: 10.1145/2818048.2820074
    Jeon, Grace Young Joo ; Ellison, Nicole B. ; Hogan, Bernie ; Greenhow, Christine. / First-generation students and college : The role of Facebook networks as information sources. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW. Vol. 27 Association for Computing Machinery, 2016. pp. 887-899
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