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Dissertation Information for Mark Handel

- Mark Handel

- Ph.D.

- Library and Information Science

- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA) (2004)

- Thomas Finholt

- George Furnas
- James David Herbsleb
- Martha S. Feldman

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: Communication technologies and the freshman transition: Staying close with friends

Abstract: The rapid growth in usage of new forms of communication technology, such as instant messaging (IM) and cell phones has changed the way individuals maintain their social relationships. The college transition, from high school to college is a stressful period where friendships often wither. The research surveyed a group of freshman at a large Midwestern public university at the start of their freshman year, and again at the start of their second semester about their communication technology history, usage, social network, and use of individual technologies with specific members of their network.

Analysis showed that usage of communication technology--IM, cell phones, and e-mail--was significantly higher than among the general US population, as well as long history of use of these communication technologies. Regression analysis showed that communication technology use was not closely linked with depression or fall GPA, and was weakly associated with increased school loyalty. Further, use of "lean" communication technology, specifically IM and e-mail, did not influence the size of college social networks controlling for pre-college network size, and was weakly associated with reduced closeness with geographically distant friends. However, for pre-college friends that were kept in college, there was a significantly higher degree of lean communication compared to pre-college relationships that were not maintained.

MPACT Scores for Mark Handel

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