Effects of Gender and Region on the Relationships between Teenagers' Use of Social Network Sites and Social Capital

청소년들의 소셜 네트워크 사이트 이용과 사회적 자본의 상관관계에 있어서의 성별 및 지역 차이

  • Received : 2015.09.25
  • Accepted : 2015.12.22
  • Published : 2016.02.29


This study aimed to examine how gender and regional differences affect the relationships between SNS use and social capital. By analyzing a large set of data from Korean teenagers, significant roles of gender and regional differences could be found. In regards to gender difference, the most notable finding was the negative effects of SNS use on bonding and bridging social capital among male teenagers. Furthermore, it was found that such negative effects of SNS use were significant particularly among urban teenagers. These findings theoretically contribute to broadening the understanding of the relationships between SNS use and social capital.


Teenagers' SNS use;Social Capital;Bonding and Bridging;Regional Differences;Gender Differences


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