Social network site use among Dutch students: Effects of time and platform

S. Utz

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This chapter compares the SNS use of Dutch students across time and platforms. Between 2009 (n = 194) and 2010 (n = 212), many users migrated from Hyves, the hitherto largest Dutch SNS, to Facebook. Comparisons between the two years showed that SNS use remained relatively stable over time; only self-disclosure increased remarkably. However, there were several differences between the platforms. Facebook users were more active, they disclosed more about themselves, but they reacted also more to their friends. There were no effects of time and platform on positive or negative consequences of social interaction on SNS, indicating that the preference for a SNS is more a question of the current trend. In contrast to the assumption that SNS are especially useful to stay in touch with acquaintances, the respondents used them mainly for conversation with close friends. The implications of these findings are discussed. © 2012, IGI Global.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNetworked sociability and individualism. Technology for personal and professional relationships
EditorsF. Comunello
Place of PublicationHershey, PA
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9781613503386
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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