This 2008 ECAR research study is a longitudinal extension of the 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 ECAR studies of students and information technology.
BiographyNicole Ellison studies the social implications of new information and communication technologies such as social network sites and blogs. She recently coedited a special issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication on social network sites. Her recent publications explore the relationship between Facebook use and social capital among college students and student perceptions of educational blogging. Previously, she has examined the formation of virtual communities and the ways in which telecommuters use information and communication technologies to calibrate the permeability of their work/home boundaries, as explored in her 2004 book, Telework and Social Change. Ellison received her PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California in 1999 and is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media at Michigan State University.
Social network sites (SNSs) are increasingly attracting the attention of academic and industry researchers intrigued by their affordances and reach.