Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/142678
Authors: 
Sabatini, Fabio
Sarracino, Francesco
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
EERI Research Paper Series 04/2015
Abstract: 
We explore how participation in social networking sites (SNS) such as Facebook and Twitter affects the most economically relevant aspect of social capital, trust. We use measures of trust in strangers (or social trust), trust in neighbours and trust in the police. We address endogeneity in the use of SNS by exploiting the variation in the availability of broadband for high-speed Internet, which relates to technological characteristics of the pre- existing voice telecommunication infrastructures. We find that all the proxies of trust significantly decrease with participation in online networks. We discuss several interpretations of the results in light of the specific features of Internet-mediated social interaction.
Subjects: 
Internet
broadband
online networks
social networking sites
Facebook
trust
social capital
hate speech
JEL: 
C36
D85
O33
Z1
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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