Benefits of Internet use in supporting rural life : managing social networks and exchanging social support in a rural area

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Title: Benefits of Internet use in supporting rural life : managing social networks and exchanging social support in a rural area
Author: Park, Namsu
Abstract: The purpose of this study was (1 ) to examine rural residents’ perceived social support from Internet use for communication and (2 ) to understand the meanings associated with rural Internet users’ social media use , particularly with respect to mediating diverse social ties and exchanging different types of social support . To assess how Internet use affects rural residents’ sense of social support , this study investigated dynamic relationships between online communication and perceived social support by looking at interaction effects relative to extroversion , size of social networks , broadband use , and length of time using the Internet . To explore how social media are situated in a rural area , the present study investigated how rural residents use social network sites (SNSs ) to maintain social contacts and exchange social support with members of their networks .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -05 -947
Date: 2011-01-24

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Benefits of Internet use in supporting rural life : managing social networks and exchanging social support in a rural area. Doctoral dissertation, University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -05 -947 .

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