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

dc.contributor.advisorStrover, Sharonen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberStraubhaar, Josephen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberStein, Lauraen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberTyner, Kathleenen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLasorsa, Dominicen
dc.creatorPark, Namsuen
dc.date.accessioned2011-01-24T22:29:31Zen
dc.date.available2011-01-24T22:29:31Zen
dc.date.available2011-01-24T22:29:42Zen
dc.date.issued2010-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2010en
dc.date.updated2011-01-24T22:29:43Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThe 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.en
dc.description.departmentRadio-Television-Filmen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2010-05-947en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectRural communityen
dc.subjectOnline communicationen
dc.subjectSocial supporten
dc.subjectSocial networksen
dc.subjectSocial tiesen
dc.subjectSocial mediaen
dc.subjectComputer-mediated communicationen
dc.subjectSocial network sitesen
dc.titleBenefits of Internet use in supporting rural life : managing social networks and exchanging social support in a rural areaen
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentRadio-Television-Filmen
thesis.degree.disciplineRadio-Television-Filmen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen

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