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Cyber Behavior and Social Capital

Cyber Behavior and Social Capital
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Author(s): Tetsuro Kobayashi (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 11
Source title: Encyclopedia of Cyber Behavior
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Zheng Yan (University at Albany - SUNY, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0315-8.ch087


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This chapter reviews historical development of research on cyber behavior and social capital, based on the definition by Robert D. Putnam, by focusing on the relationship between Information Communication and Technology use with social networks, civic engagement, as well as social trust. Firstly, the intellectual history of studies on cyber behavior and social capital is reviewed. Secondly, important past studies on the relationship between ICT use and social capital are focused from four perspectives: social networks, civic engagement, local community, and mobile phone use. Finally, future research directions are discussed from the perspective of comparative culture and rapidly evolving high-functionality smart phones.

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