Media and Communications Faculty Publications

Document Type

Article

Abstract

This paper examines the digital divide in social media prosumption. It compares college students’ and general population’s prosumption behavior in social media and proposes a set of measures of prosumption in online media settings with special emphasis on social media including prosumption proclivity, production intensity, and a prosumption index which can be used in future studies on social media and other usergenerated content sites. We classified prosumption behavior in a quadrant of four main types along the two dimensions of production and consumption. A polarized trend of prosumption was observed. Prosumption proclivity is a much stronger facilitator of social media consumption than participation or production intensity especially among college students.

Publication Date

4-2014

Publication Title

Journal of Communication and Media Research

Volume

6

Issue

1

Start Page No.

45

End Page No.

62

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