Ubiquitous local community experiences: unravelling the social added value of neighborhood-related social media

Journal title PSICOLOGIA DI COMUNITA’
Author/s Flora Gatti, Fortuna Procentese
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2022/2 Language English
Pages 24 P. 56-79 File size 251 KB
DOI 10.3280/PSC2022-002004
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Neighborhood-related social media uses are rapidly spreading, with citizens using already existing social media with community-related aims too. This has deeply modified how citizens can experience their neighborhoods and cities, making them more complex - and ubiquitous - social ecosystems. The present study aims at deepening the impact of such social media uses in terms of non-material, relational and community goods - that is, their social added value (SAV) for individuals and communities. The results show two main categories of such SAV: the enrichment in terms of local social relationships, and the promotion of citizens’ active in-volvement in and engagement for their community and its members. The theoretical and practical implications stemming from these results will be deepened.

Keywords: local community experiences, ubiquitous social media, ubiquitous communities, social added value (SAV), social capital, civic engagement, volunteering, neighboring behaviors

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Flora Gatti, Fortuna Procentese, Ubiquitous local community experiences: unravelling the social added value of neighborhood-related social media in "PSICOLOGIA DI COMUNITA’" 2/2022, pp 56-79, DOI: 10.3280/PSC2022-002004