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The Facebook campus: Exploring the evolution of Facebook culture in university students


2008 2008

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Scope and Method of the Study. This study examines Facebook usage and the relationship online social networking has to academic and social integration. Using a focus group approach, twelve participants at a research land-grant institution were interviewed to explore how they used Facebook to enhance their overall social integration into collegiate life and overall campus experience.

Findings and Conclusions. This study uncovered several emergent themes of Facebook usage regarding motivation of usage, safety concerns, community development, and issues regarding privacy. Lastly, the study found that student communication with the campus community and social integration with college culture may start well-before enrollment on campus. In other words, students forge communication channels with the college culture in high school through Facebook. The influence of online social networks like Facebook in the everyday social experience of undergraduate students cannot be denied, and the boundaries between the virtual world of Facebook and the actual campus community are not exclusive of each other. More needs to be learned of the social ramifications of Facebook on the college experience.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Mass communications;
Higher education
Classification
0708: Mass communications
0745: Higher education
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Education
Title
The Facebook campus: Exploring the evolution of Facebook culture in university students
Author
Bainbridge, Katie Gene
Number of pages
101
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0664
Source
MAI 47/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549993452
Advisor
Mendez, Jesse
Committee member
Edwards, Steve; Stern, Kenneth
University/institution
Oklahoma State University
Department
Education (all programs)
University location
United States -- Oklahoma
Degree
M.S.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1461796
ProQuest document ID
288226062
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/288226062
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