A multilevel path analysis of contact frequency between social network members

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Abstract

Recently, there has been an increasing interest in the role of social networks in spatial-choice and travel behavior. It has been acknowledged that social activities and the travel for these activities can emerge from individuals’ social networks and that social activities are responsible for an important portion of travel demand. The influence of information and communication technologies (ICT’s) is also important in this respect. The purpose of the paper is to examine the effects of characteristics of egos and ego-alter relationships on the frequency of social interaction by different communication modes, using multilevel path analysis. The analyses are based on social network data collected in 2008 in the Eindhoven region in the Netherlands among 116 respondents. The results indicate a complementary relationship between contact frequencies by different modes. The contact frequencies of the different modes, especially face-to-face and telephone, can also be largely explained by the ego’s personal characteristics and the type of relationship and the distance between ego and alter.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-141
JournalJournal of Geographical Systems
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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In: Journal of Geographical Systems, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2012, p. 125-141.

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