The Sources of Emotional and Infomational Support on Social Networking Sites
 
 
Peng Huang, Pin Luarn, Yu-Ping Chiu, Jen-Chieh Yang
1National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, justin.p.huang@gmail.com
2National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, luarn@mail.ntust.edu.tw,
3National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, D9808105@mail.ntust.edu.tw
4National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, D10008104@mail.ntust.edu.tw 

Abstract
 The purpose of this study is to clarify the sources of emotional and informational support on Facebook, and to analyze the possible principle behind the algorithm by the concept of social support. This study tries to develop the program to access interaction records and the online questionnaire on Facebook to analyze the support between their social interactions. The results show that strong tie individuals have obviously higher frequency of clicking like, giving comments and messages on Facebook than weak tie individuals. Also, females have obviously higher interaction than males. However, the results of the H3 show that the interaction between the same or opposite gender has no significant difference on Facebook. We assume that is because the interaction of male are seldom, which lower the effect of the emotional and informational support degree between the interaction of the same gender.

Keyword
 Facebook, Emotional Support, Informational Support, Tie Strength, Gender

Peng Huang, Pin Luarn, Yu-Ping Chiu, Jen-Chieh Yang, "The Sources of Emotional and Infomational Support on Social Networking Sites", JCIT: Journal of Convergence Information Technology, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 462 ~ 468, 2013