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Who Acquires Friends Through Social Media and Why? "Rich Get Richer" Versus "Seek and Ye Shall Find"
Proceedings of the ... International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media
There is an ongoing debate, not just among academics but in popular culture, about whether social media can expand people's social networks, and whether online friends can be "real" friends. The debate refuses to die. This paper addresses this question subjectively, from the point of view of the user, and examines the predictors of acquiring new friends through social media use. This is a multi-method study with quantitative (n=617) and qualitative sections. Some previous studies have found adoi:10.1609/icwsm.v4i1.14025 fatcat:amdzo734fjapbg3bx6bef2pglu