What users of virtual social networks value about social interaction: The case of GreyPath

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Abstract

The emphasis of this chapter is on social interaction, with a particular focus on one sector of society, namely seniors. Around the world there is an emphasis on helping people to age well, to enjoy old age and be productive in retirement. One way that this can be aided is by helping seniors make new connections with their peers, helping them to contribute in meaningful ways to society and giving them a feeling of belonging and purpose. The social capital as depicted by the strength of informal social networks in regional communities has been described as the glue that holds aged care communities together (Sappey, Bone, & Duncan, 2007). Virtual social networks can be a significant tool in making use of such social capital. This is a case study about one such network, called GreyPath.com.au
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVirtual Social Networks
Subtitle of host publicationMediated, Massive and Multiplayer
EditorsNiki Panteli
Place of PublicationNew York USA
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages114-133
Number of pages20
Edition7
ISBN (Print)9780230229280
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Burmeister, O. (2009). What users of virtual social networks value about social interaction: The case of GreyPath. In N. Panteli (Ed.), Virtual Social Networks: Mediated, Massive and Multiplayer (7 ed., pp. 114-133). Palgrave Macmillan.