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Presentation Title

Friends and Fandom: The Effect of Being a Highly Identified Sports Fan on Making Friends at College

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Mallory Carroll, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Meyer Auditorium

Abstract

How does being a highly identified sports fan affect how college students make friends in college? Using social network analysis, interviews, and anthropologist Daniel Wann’s scale to measure highly identified sports fans, I examined how and why people make friends in college via their sports fandom, and whether the effects I found are gender specific. I found that being a dedicated sports fan does help people make acquaintances, friends, and best friends in college, and my presentation considers the variables that play into this discovery.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-8-2014 10:40 AM

End Date

4-8-2014 12:00 PM

Panel

Panel: American Data: Cars, Sports, Friends, and Growing Up

Field of Study for Presentation

Sociology and Anthropology

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Apr 8th, 10:40 AM Apr 8th, 12:00 PM

Friends and Fandom: The Effect of Being a Highly Identified Sports Fan on Making Friends at College

Meyer Auditorium

How does being a highly identified sports fan affect how college students make friends in college? Using social network analysis, interviews, and anthropologist Daniel Wann’s scale to measure highly identified sports fans, I examined how and why people make friends in college via their sports fandom, and whether the effects I found are gender specific. I found that being a dedicated sports fan does help people make acquaintances, friends, and best friends in college, and my presentation considers the variables that play into this discovery.