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“You take fifty photos, delete forty nine and use one”: A qualitative study of adolescent image-sharing practices on social media

Bell, Beth T. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6587-0336 (2019) “You take fifty photos, delete forty nine and use one”: A qualitative study of adolescent image-sharing practices on social media. International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction.

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Abstract

There has been an exponential increase in the number of images created, shared and viewed across social media. Using exploratory qualitative methodology, the present research seeks to understand image-sharing on social media amongst adolescents; an important social media user group. Thirty five adolescents (Age M = 14.75; SD = 1.34; Female N = 21) from the UK, participated in semi-structured focus groups. Recordings from focus groups were transcribed verbatim and analysed using inductive thematic analysis. Three themes were derived from the data: (1) Presenting and Viewing Socially and Physically Attractive Selves, (2) Maintaining Offline Relationships, and (3) The Importance of Visible Quantifiable Feedback. These themes encapsulate the diversity and complexity of adolescent image-sharing practices, which must be considered within the context of adolescent identity and relational development, and peer-group/cultural norms. The implications of these findings are discussed within.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcci.2019.03.002
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF636 Applied psychology
School/Department: School of Psychological & Social Sciences
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3817

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