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In Good Company: Examining Social Capital in African Americans through Online Social Networking Use Open Access

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Because numerous studies have identified online social networks as a measure of social capital, this thesis uses data from Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Project's report titled "Social networking sites and our lives" to explore social capital in African American populations. The report consists of a survey conducted of 2,255 adults on social networking use and ideas regarding trust, political activity and social connectivity. This thesis reviews existing research on African American online and offline networks and explores the trends in the Pew data to see if it is consistent with the literature on this topic. The study ends with recommendations for questions that can be used in further research of this subject matter.

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