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Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2013 Jul;16(7):504-11. doi: 10.1089/cyber.2013.0025. Epub 2013 Apr 27.

The Facebook influence model: a concept mapping approach.

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Seattle Children's Research Institute, University of Washington , Seattle, WA 98145, USA.

Abstract

Facebook is a popular social media Web site that has been hypothesized to exert potential influence over users' attitudes, intentions, or behaviors. The purpose of this study was to develop a conceptual framework to explain influential aspects of Facebook. This mixed methods study applied concept mapping methodology, a validated five-step method to visually represent complex topics. The five steps comprise preparation, brainstorming, sort and rank, analysis, and interpretation. College student participants were identified using purposeful sampling. The 80 participants had a mean age of 20.5 years, and included 36% males. A total of 169 statements were generated during brainstorming, and sorted into between 6 and 22 groups. The final concept map included 13 clusters. Interpretation data led to grouping of clusters into four final domains, including connection, comparison, identification, and Facebook as an experience. The Facebook Influence Concept Map illustrates key constructs that contribute to influence, incorporating perspectives of older adolescent Facebook users. While Facebook provides a novel lens through which to consider behavioral influence, it can best be considered in the context of existing behavioral theory. The concept map may be used toward development of potential future intervention efforts.

PMID:
23621717
PMCID:
PMC3715786
DOI:
10.1089/cyber.2013.0025
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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