I Said Your Name in an Empty Room: Grieving and Continuing Bonds on Facebook

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These slides were put together for a research project in a "Language and Technology" course taught at Cornell University. They were then edited for their presentation at CHI2011 in Vancouver on May …

These slides were put together for a research project in a "Language and Technology" course taught at Cornell University. They were then edited for their presentation at CHI2011 in Vancouver on May 10, 2011.

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  • 1. I Said Your Name in an Empty Room: Grieving and Continuing Bonds on Facebook Emily Getty Jessica Cobb Meryl Gabeler Christine Nelson Ellis Weng Jeffrey Hancock CHI 2011 Vancouver, BC
  • 2. Front or Back Stage Grieving? -  Social life with metaphor of drama -  Grief is a back stage emotion, individuals can experience relief when it is bought to the forefront
  • 3. Front or Back Stage Grieving? -  Social life with metaphor of drama -  Grief is a back stage emotion, individuals can experience relief when it is bought to the forefront ‐ Public expression of grief  ‐ Social support  ‐ Story telling 
  • 4. Continuing Bonds or Letting Go? Mourners must let go to heal VS Maintaining a relationship with the deceased is beneficial
  • 5. Posts  Translated Collected  analyzed  LIWC wall posts  Developed  Mixed  LinguisCc  results into  from 11  a script to  models  Inquiry &  several deceased  preprocess  staCsCcal  Word  indices Facebook  the posts.  analysis.  Count  matching  users.  (LIWC).  predicCons 
  • 6. Front‐Stage Grieving  % Sorrow and Grief Words   Still can’t believe your gone… have so much I wanna tell you and it hurts to know your not there =( Miss you buddy
  • 7. Front‐Stage Grieving  % Sorrow and Grief Words   •  Sad emoCon terms (LIWC)  Still can’t believe your gone… have so much I wanna tell you and it hurts to know your not there =( Miss you buddy
  • 8. Front‐Stage Grieving  Funeral image here  % Sorrow and Grief Words   Series 1  4.50  4.00  3.50  Still can’t believe 3.00  your gone… have so 2.50  much I wanna tell 2.00  you and it hurts to 1.50  know your not there 1.00  =( Miss you buddy 0.50  0.00  Pre‐Passing  Post‐Passing 
  • 9. Front‐Stage Grieving  Funeral image here  % Social OrientaCon Words  I was thinking about you… and then stupid facebook told me to send you a message… but I guess writing this on your wall means that someone will read it… and know that they aren’t alone in their sorrow
  • 10. Front‐Stage Grieving  Funeral image here  % Social OrientaCon Words  •  Social dimension (LIWC)  I was thinking about you… and then stupid facebook told me to send you a message… but I guess writing this on your wall means that someone will read it… and know that they aren’t alone in their sorrow
  • 11. Front‐Stage Grieving  Funeral image here  % Social OrientaCon Words  Series 1  40  I was thinking about 35  you… and then stupid 30  facebook told me to send 25  you a message… but I 20  guess writing this on 15  your wall means that 10  5  someone will read it… 0  and know that they Pre‐Passing  Post‐Passing  aren’t alone in their sorrow
  • 12. Front‐Stage Grieving  Funeral image here  % PosiCve Memory  … Even tho my heart is broken I can’t help but laugh at the memories I have with u… like u running out to the pool in ur speedo! Hahaha everyone was cracking up! And as usual it was you who made us all laugh! …
  • 13. Front‐Stage Grieving  Funeral image here  % PosiCve Memory  •  RaCo verb to noun  … Even tho my heart is broken I can’t help but laugh at the memories I have with u… like u running out to the pool in ur speedo! Hahaha everyone was cracking up! And as usual it was you who made us all laugh! …
  • 14. Front‐Stage Grieving  Funeral image here  % PosiCve Memory  •  RaCo verb to noun  … Even tho my heart is •  Past tense verbs  broken I can’t help but laugh at the memories I have with u… like u running out to the pool in ur speedo! Hahaha everyone was cracking up! And as usual it was you who made us all laugh! …
  • 15. Front‐Stage Grieving  Funeral image here  % PosiCve Memory  •  RaCo verb to noun  … Even tho my heart is •  Past tense verbs  broken I can’t help but •  PosiCve emoCon words  laugh at the memories I have with u… like u running out to the pool in ur speedo! Hahaha everyone was cracking up! And as usual it was you who made us all laugh! …
  • 16. Front‐Stage Grieving  Funeral image here  % PosiCve Memory  Series 1  20  … Even tho my heart is 18  16  broken I can’t help but 14  laugh at the memories I 12  have with u… like u 10  8  running out to the pool 6  in ur speedo! Hahaha 4  everyone was cracking 2  0  up! And as usual it was Pre‐Passing  Post‐Passing  you who made us all laugh! …
  • 17. LeWng Go or ConCnuing Bonds?  Funeral image here 
  • 18. LeWng Go or ConCnuing Bonds?  Funeral image here  Non‐immediacy Index   “Anytime someone asks me why I want to be a •  arCcles  teacher, I think of you and smile. Thanks for inspiring me. I still miss you and I always will!”
  • 19. LeWng Go or ConCnuing Bonds?  Funeral image here  Non‐immediacy Index   “Anytime someone asks me why I want to be a •  arCcles  teacher, I think of you •  six le[er words  and smile. Thanks for inspiring me. I still miss you and I always will!”
  • 20. LeWng Go or ConCnuing Bonds?  Funeral image here  Non‐immediacy Index   “Anytime someone asks me why I want to be a + arCcles  teacher, I think of you + six le[er words  and smile. Thanks for ‐ 1st person singular  inspiring me. I still miss you and I always will!”
  • 21. LeWng Go or ConCnuing Bonds?  Funeral image here  Non‐immediacy Index   “Anytime someone asks me why I want to be a + arCcles  teacher, I think of you + six le[er words  and smile. Thanks for ‐  1st person singular  inspiring me. I still miss ‐  discrepancy words  you and I always will!”
  • 22. LeWng Go or ConCnuing Bonds?  Funeral image here  Non‐immediacy Index   “Anytime someone asks me why I want to be a + arCcles  teacher, I think of you + six le[er words  and smile. Thanks for ‐  1st person singular  inspiring me. I still miss ‐  discrepancy words  you and I always will!” ‐  present tense verbs 
  • 23. Non‐immediate  Series 1  6  4  2  0  ‐2  ‐4  ‐6  ‐8 Immediate  Pre‐Passing  Post‐Passing 
  • 24. Front Stage Grieving Continuing Bonds
  • 25. I Said Your Name in an Empty Room: Grieving and Continuing Bonds on FacebookEmily Getty, erg29@cornell.eduJessica Cobb, jcc97@cornell.eduMeryl Gabeler, mag359@cornell.eduChristine Nelson, cln28@cornell.eduEllis Weng, ew82@cornell.eduJeffrey Hancock, jeff.hancock@cornell.edu CHI 2011 Vancouver, BC
  • 26. “i miss you so much. sometimes i just need you to make me laugh.” “Merry Christmas! Thanks for the visit lastnight... always good to see you in my dreams.”“i wish the world had more people like youin it. you know i love you.” “thinking about you today. miss u.”