The social media experience: An exploration into how social networking sites are used by a multi-aged sample
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The impact Social media and Social Networking Sites (SNS) have has been studied in great depth. However previous literature seemed to focus on teenagers and young adults, occasionally using an older sample, but there were very little multi-aged comparisons. As such, this study aimed to look at how individuals of varying ages interacted with Social Media and SNS to see if there were any differences in how individuals interact with SNS at different ages. Six participants, whom had at least one SNS and of varying ages, took part in semi-structed interview. A thematic analysis was carried out, establishing five themes which were: relationships, fear, professionalism, entertainment and attention seekers. There seemed to be little difference in how the multi-aged sample interacted with their various social media, but it did reveal some of the participant’s opinions and experiences that supported other literature, regarding SNS experiences. The results showed so few differences in the way that participants interacted with their social media, that it suggested age was not a factor in the way SNS was used. This could therefore lead to further research which has a more comprehensive approach to SNS regarding age, not just focussing on young people and teenagers.
B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology
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