Culturally Unique Social Patterns in Computer-Mediated Social Networking

Culturally Unique Social Patterns in Computer-Mediated Social Networking

Devan Rosen (University of Hawaii, USA), Michael A. Stefanone (University at Buffalo, USA) and Derek Lackaff (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-100-3.ch411


People from distinct cultural backgrounds communicate and manage their interpersonal relations in systematically different ways. The current chapter utilizes a survey of young adults to examine the social patterns of culturally influenced differences in online behavior. Results show that individuals that identify with individualistic cultural backgrounds have larger networks of friends on social network sites (SNSs), have a larger proportion of these friends that they have not actually met face-to-face, and share more photos online, opposed to individuals that identify with less individualistic cultural backgrounds. The size of an individuals’ offline social support network size was a significant predictor of satisfaction with life, while SNS network size was not. Findings suggest that individuals who identify with more individualistic cultural backgrounds tend to be better connected, self-promote, and are more satisfied with their social lives.

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