The antecedents and consequences of sense of community on social networking sites

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Abstract

Evolution of information technologies facilitates new forms of communication and enables emergence of virtual communities. One key question which has been debated among researchers is whether virtual communities represent bona fide communities or if they are better described as networks of individuals. We draw on research in traditional offline communities, which emphasizes psychological sense of community as the focal construct for understanding community dynamics, and we develop a nomological framework of antecedents and consequences associated with sense of community. We evaluate the framework in a survey of 638 Facebook users. We find that sense of place associated with the social networking site and social interactions contribute to the development of sense of community among social networking site users. We also find that sense of community is a key attitudinal factor affecting information sharing and intentions to remain a member of the social networking site.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication19th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2013 - Hyperconnected World
Subtitle of host publicationAnything, Anywhere, Anytime
Pages3216-3228
Number of pages13
Volume4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2013
Event19th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2013 - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: 15 Aug 201317 Aug 2013

Other

Other19th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2013
CountryUnited States
CityChicago, IL
Period15/08/1317/08/13

Keywords

  • Sense of community
  • Sense of place
  • Social networking sites

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