Spatial distance and mobile business social network density

Yossef Arie, Gustavo S. Mesch

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    ABSTRACT: Following the increasing adoption of mobile communication, scholars have shown interest in the role of place on the structure of mobile social networks. The purpose of this study is to investigate the association between spatial distance and the closure and diversity of businesses mobile social networks. We used a database that aggregates actual mobile communication patterns of business users of a large Israeli cell phone company (n = 16,199). Our findings, among a large sample of businesses, provide support for the place and mobile communication perspective. The results reveal a negative association between spatial distance and mobile business communication networks. As spatial distance between business network members increases, business social ties through mobile communication decreases. Furthermore, the results also revealed a negative association between spatial distance and mobile network density. As the spatial distance between business users increases, the density of the mobile communication network diminishes. Physical proximity promotes the development of dense business networks. The implications of the findings are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1572-1586
    Number of pages15
    JournalInformation Communication and Society
    Issue number11
    StatePublished - 1 Nov 2016

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    • Mobile communication and distance
    • closure and diversity ties
    • homophily
    • social network density
    • strong and weak ties

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Communication
    • Library and Information Sciences


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