Social Capital

I started this page to try to formulate why I have a mis-trust of anything to do with Facebook. I started to think about what I don't like about it and began to return to my critisism of the Interface, or which there are many that would like to redesign it. I then found some links to those that analysed the appeal of Facebook and how it is used and the concept of Social Capital.

The term Social Capital is not new and was coined in 1890.

Looking further into the study of how people use Facebook and how it effects the "bridging" oF Social Capital I have a few obeservations. Burke, Kraut and Marlow in a conference paper from May 2011 descibe a comprehensive analysis of Facebook use, now in 2020 things must have changed but a lot of what they observed then seems to be a whole lot worse now.

The study is not just about Facebook but all SNS (Social Network Sites) although Facebook seems to endured. My observation on online communication, in how it has evolved and its effects on its users is the premise of their paper. The concept of Social Capital, although not new, is tied to this activity.

Facebook Groups

Due to the Corona Virus crisis I joined, temporarily, a local FB support group and was apalled at what I found.

Definition of Social Capital - according to WikiP

Social capital is the effective functioning of social groups through interpersonal relationships, a shared sense of identity, a shared understanding, shared norms, shared values, trust, cooperation, and reciprocity. Social capital is a measure of the value of resources, both tangible (e.g., public spaces, private property) and intangible (e.g., actors, human capital, people), and the impact that these relationships have on the resources involved in each relationship, and on larger groups. It is generally seen as a form of capital that produces public goods for a common purpose.


External Sources

  1. What is Social Capital? - 🔗 - WikiP - I like the comment that the article is probably too technical for most readers to understand.
  2. Social Capital on Facebook: Differentiating Uses and Users - 🔗 - Moira Burke and Robert E. Kraut -- Carnegie Mellon University - Cameron Marlow -- Facebook
  3. WikiP page on the critisism of Facebook - 🔗
  4. Zuckerberg’s New Privacy Essay Shows Why Facebook Needs to Be Broken Up - 🔗 - Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t understand what privacy means — he can’t be trusted to define it for the rest of us

Social Capital