By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- Investigators publish new report on Information Technology. According to news reporting from Chengdu, People's Republic of China, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "Social media communities have emerged recently as open and free communication platforms to support real-time information sharing among members. Drawing on social capital theories, we develop a theoretical model to investigate how the two types of social capital (bonding and bridging) contribute to the individual and collective well-being of virtual communities through information exchange."
The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from Southwestern University, "Research hypotheses were tested through survey instruments and computer archive data of 475 members of a large social network site during the Wenchuan earthquake (2008) in China. We find that bonding has a positive and significant impact on bridging. Both bonding and bridging have positive and significant impacts on information quality, but not on information quantity."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Results also suggest that information quality is more critical to individuals and collective well-being than information quantity after a disaster."
For more information on this research see: The roles of bridging and bonding in social media communities. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 2013;64(8):1671-1681. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology can be contacted at: Wiley-Blackwell, 111 River St, Hoboken 07030-5774, NJ, USA. (Wiley-Blackwell - www.wiley.com/; Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology - onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1532-2890)
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting Q.L. Cao, Southwestern Univ Finance & Econ, Sch Business Adm, Chengdu 610072, Sichuan, People's Republic of China. Additional authors for this research include Y. Lu, D.Y. Dong, Z.M. Tang and Y.Q. Li.
Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Chengdu, Information Technology, People's Republic of China
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