The Facebook Intensity Scale (FBI)


Author of Tool: 

Ellison, N. B., Steinfield, C., Lampe, C.

Key references: 

Ellison, N. B., Steinfield, C., Lampe, C. (2007). The benefits of Facebook ‘‘friends:’’ Social capital and college students’ use of online social network sites. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 12, 1143-1168.

Ellison, N.B., Steinfield, C., & Lampe, C. (in press). Connection strategies: Social capital implications of Facebook-enabled communication practices. New Media & Society.

Primary use / Purpose: 

The Facebook Intensity scale is used to measure Facebook usage beyond simple measures of frequency and duration, incorporating emotional connectedness to the site and its integration into individuals’ daily activities.


Web link to tool: 

The Facebook Intensity Scale

Other Information: 

Information on scoring and administering the FBI can be found at the link below.

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