Online Social Networks, Social Capital and Health-related Behaviors: A State-of-the-art Analysis

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Durst C, Viol J, Wickramasinghe N
Journal: Communications of the Association for Information Systems
Publisher: Association for Computing Machinary, Inc.
Publication year: 2013
Volume: 32
Pages range: Article 5
ISSN: 1529-3181
Language: English


Abstract


The percentage of obese individuals in the population has increased exponentially over the last decade, making obesity a phenomenon of significant global concern. Individual behaviors, preferences and lifestyle choices are subject to social and environmental influences and social networks have been identified as a key contributor to the global obesity epidemic. Numerous empirical studies have found a relationship between dimensions of social capital, well-being and population health. It is the thesis of this article that social capital in online social networks might be similarly associated. Addressing previously identified gaps in the literature, our conceptual model enables the analysis of the relationships between the structure and content of an individual's online social network, the resulting opportunities and limitations to accessing resources and his or her health-related behaviors and body weight is introduced. Moreover, the model incorporates potential social capital as a special type of social capital in online social networks and uses network-based measures instead of self-reported data. Additionally, literature-based hypotheses discussing the relationships between the constructs of the model are presented. Establishing profound theoretical groundwork, this article encourages future research crossing the boundaries between information systems, health informatics and sociology. This study concludes by proposing a new Facebook e-health application to collect longitudinal data using the aforementioned conceptual model in order to explore the presented ideas further. © 2013 by the Association for Information Systems.



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Löffler, Carolin
Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftsinformatik, insbesondere im Dienstleistungsbereich
Viol, Janine
Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftsinformatik, insbesondere im Dienstleistungsbereich


How to cite

APA:
Durst, C., Viol, J., & Wickramasinghe, N. (2013). Online Social Networks, Social Capital and Health-related Behaviors: A State-of-the-art Analysis. Communications of the Association for Information Systems, 32, Article 5.

MLA:
Durst, Carolin, Janine Viol, and Nilmini Wickramasinghe. "Online Social Networks, Social Capital and Health-related Behaviors: A State-of-the-art Analysis." Communications of the Association for Information Systems 32 (2013): Article 5.

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