Campus Units

Supply Chain and Information Systems

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2013

Journal or Book Title

Proceedings of the 2013 conference on Computer supported cooperative work companion

First Page

249

Last Page

254

Conference Title

2013 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work

Conference Date

February 23–27, 2013

City

San Antonio, TX, United States

Abstract

Over 80% of Facebook’s 1 billion [2] users are located outside of the US and Canada, but little is understood of how Facebook is used or impacts the lives of users, especially in collectivistic cultures. We address this question by conducting a comparative study of Facebook users from a collectivist culture, Namibia, and an individualistic culture, the United States. Although our study is continuing, we have identified several areas of difference that illustrate why and how culture influences users’ appropriation of this social network. Specifically, in this paper we examine differences in how friendships are made, maintained, and power relations assigned and discuss the importance of these differences in relation to the cultural context.

Comments

This proceeding is from CSCW ’13 Companion, Feb. 23–27, 2013, San Antonio, Texas, USA (2013): 249–254.

Copyright Owner

The authors

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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