Social capital has many definitions, but on a most basic level it refers to the value of the connections within one’s social network. These connections are believed to have productive benefits which can bridge and bond people together.
Nicole Ellison is an Associate Professor in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media at Michigan State University, but her training is as a communication scholar. In this video, she discusses her latest research on the benefits of Facebook at Harvard University.
Ellison’s research looked at social capital and Facebook. More specifically, she was curious how certain Facebook-enabled behaviors can affect the diverse perspective, novel information, and social support of a user.