Cultural values and Facebook use among Palestinian youth in Israel

Rana Abbas, Gustavo S. Mesch

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Culture is a set of values that influences attitudes and social behavior. Despite the role of culture in shaping attitudes and motivations, most of the extensive research literature on the determinants and patterns of social media use has focused on psychological and social factors. The purpose of this study is to fill this gap by investigating the role of cultural values in perceptions of privacy, trust and motivations for using Facebook among young Palestinians in Israel. We relied on Hall's concept of high and low communication contexts and three of Hofstede's cultural dimensions: collectivism, power distance and uncertainty avoidance. Data from a survey of Arab high school students (N = 567) established that variations in the adoption of cultural values are associated with the motivation for using Facebook through their effect on trust and on privacy concerns. We discuss the findings and their implications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)644-653
Number of pages10
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
StatePublished - Jul 2015

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  • Adolescents
  • Culture
  • Facebook
  • Social capital
  • Social media
  • Uses and gratification theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • General Psychology


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