Factors of Access to Social Network Resources in Modern Russia

Publication type Article
Status Published
Occupation: Senior Researcher
Affiliation: Institute of Sociology of FCTAS RAS
Address: Moscow, Russia
Journal nameSotsiologicheskie issledovaniya
EditionIssue 10

In the article, based on the data of the FCTAS RAS in 2021, using a logistic regression model, factors affecting the inclusion of Russians in social networks capable of providing objectively significant types of support for a person are identified. It is showed that the most significant factor is the individual's place of residence: living in Moscow and St. Petersburg significantly increases the likelihood of involvement in social networks and living in rural areas reduces it. Also we find a positive effect on access to social networks resources of a good state of health, a relatively long planning horizon, as well as the availability of professional education, employment, a relatively high level of income and socio-political activity. All these factors, concentrating in the already relatively prosperous mass strata of society, affect the ability of Russians to access to social networks resources, and thereby contribute to the further deepening of existing social inequalities. The age factor in Russian conditions turned out to be insignificant, which indicates the indirect nature of its influence on access to social networks resources, due to the concentration in older age groups of the main risks of exclusion from such networks (refusal of labor activity, reduction of the planning horizon, deterioration of health, etc.). In general, our results showed that the possibilities of access to resources in social networks include both micro-level factors related to an individual and macro-level factors depending on the situation in his place of residence and state policy.

Keywordssocial capital, social networks, resources of social networks, factors of social capital, social inequalities in Russia
Publication date14.12.2022
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