Enhancing self-efficacy for career development in Facebook

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)921-931
Journal / PublicationComputers in Human Behavior
Volume55
Issue numberPart B
Online published13 Nov 2015
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

The literature has two competing perspectives on Facebook: One claims positive effects of Facebook on individuals, while the other suggests detrimental effects. The contrasting perspectives are due to the technology-deterministic approach centering on Facebook "use" as opposed to non-use, neglecting the idiosyncrasies of members and the roles of their context. Accordingly, this study focuses on current college student members and enhancement of their self-efficacy for career development in Facebook, given college students' loyalty to Facebook and their increasing financial uncertainties in the US. We posit that Facebook provides two affordances (i.e., affordance of virtual people watching and affordance of garnering social support), which in turn increase chances of two important sources of self-efficacy—i.e., gaining vicarious experience and social persuasions. An online survey with 260 college student Facebook members was conducted; the results of data analyses corroborated our hypotheses. These findings identify the unique affordances of Facebook for self-efficacy development, thereby expanding the social cognitive theory by demonstrating that technology affordances translate into effective sources of self-efficacy.

Research Area(s)

  • College students, Facebook, Online survey, Self-efficacy, Technology affordance

Citation Format(s)

Enhancing self-efficacy for career development in Facebook. / Argyris, Young E.(Anna); Xu, Jingjun(David).

In: Computers in Human Behavior, Vol. 55, No. Part B, 02.2016, p. 921-931.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review