Death is the Grandest Deception of Them All

Posted: April 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

1. Describe the research methods that Ellison, Steinfield, & Lampe employ to study social capital & college students’ uses of facebook. What are the strengths & weaknesses of their methods? What would you change about this study to improve it?

Issues: A total of 286 students completed the online survey, yielding a[petty] response rate of 35.8% (see Table 1 for sample demographics). Demographic information about non-responders was not available; therefore we do not know whether a bias existed in regards to survey participation. However, when we compare the demographics of our sample to information we have about the MSU undergraduate population as a whole, our sample appears to be representative with a few exceptions. Female, younger, in-state, and on-campus students were slightly overrepresented in our sample.

2. What were Ellison, Steinfield, & Lampe’s hypotheses? Which ones were supported? What conclusions did they draw?

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