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Context Collapse and Student Social Media Networks: Where Life and High School Collide

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Presentation at Social Media & Society 2017, by Vanessa Dennen, Stacey Rutledge, Lauren Bagdy, Jerrica Rowlett, Shannon Burnick & Sarah Joyce

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Context Collapse and Student Social Media Networks: Where Life and High School Collide

  1. 1. Context Collapse and Student Social Media Networks: Where Life and High School Collide Vanessa P. Dennen, Stacey A. Rutledge Lauren M. Bagdy, Jerrica T. Rowlett Shannon Burnick, Sarah Joyce Florida State University Paper: https://doi.org/10.1145/3097286.3097318 or http://bit.ly/SSMS_CC Contact: vdennen@fsu.edu @vdennen / lb14x@my.fsu.edu @laurenbagdy Slides / Project Updates: http://studentssocialmediaschools.com
  2. 2. Introduction Social Media SchoolHome photo from pixabay: janeb13
  3. 3. Method Participants: 48 HS Students (10th/12th grades) Data Collection: 3 class periods • survey • worksheets • discussion • small group discussion • observations • field notes
  4. 4. WHAT SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS ARE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS USING? Research Question 1
  5. 5. Social Media Use • Most frequently used social media tools: – Snapchat (79% daily use) – Instagram (63% daily use) • Gender differences: – Males: Online games – Females: Image-based media
  6. 6. Facebook / Twitter Conflicting data on Facebook – During discussion: claim no use – Survey: 62% report using Facebook; 46% weekly • Tool for family connection – Elder relatives use it – Students did not want to be connected with family on other platforms – Students do not want to connect to peers on FB Twitter – “It’s like a Facebook, right?”
  7. 7. WHAT DO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS’ PERSONAL AND SCHOOL COMMUNITIES LOOK LIKE? Research Question 2 HOW DO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS USE SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS TO ACCESS AND INTERACT WITH THEIR PERSONAL AND SCHOOL COMMUNITIES? Research Question 3
  8. 8. Personal Communities • Students had few groups with who they regularly interact • 10th grade: church, school-based groups • 12th grade: work, community-based groups; sport, club actvities • Tools – Instagram / Snapchat – friends/peers – Twitter – other following – Facebook – family
  9. 9. School Community School Context • 1700 students across 13 grades • Many students attend for entirety of K-12 • Variety of school-sponsored sports and clubs • Friendship groups (best friends, lunch group) Tool Use • GroupMe – communicate about school activities
  10. 10. WHAT TYPES OF CONNECTIONS DO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS MAINTAIN WITH SCHOOL ADULTS AND OFFICIAL SCHOOL CHANNELS VIA THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKS? Research Question 4
  11. 11. Teens, School Adults & SoMe • Students were more likely to interact online with new people than adults from school • Students follow official school accounts • Use messaging apps with select teachers – Extracurricular groups – Homework help
  12. 12. IN WHAT WAYS ARE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS MANAGING CONTEXT COLLAPSE? Research Question 5
  13. 13. Example: School/Community Overlap
  14. 14. Example: Tool Overlap
  15. 15. Managing Context Collapse • 10th grade – avoid adult connections, certain peers – get around/hide from parents – appease parents • 12th grade – expanded networks (work, pre-college) – manage identity and networks – self-censoring
  16. 16. Next Steps • Year 2: Interviewing students, teachers, and administrators (data collected) • Year 3: surveying students; extension to university (transition)
  17. 17. Context Collapse and Student Social Media Networks: Where Life and High School Collide Vanessa P. Dennen, Stacey A. Rutledge Lauren M. Bagdy, Jerrica T. Rowlett Shannon Burnick, Sarah Joyce Florida State University Paper: https://doi.org/10.1145/3097286.3097318 or http://bit.ly/SSMS_CC Contact: vdennen@fsu.edu @vdennen / lb14x@my.fsu.edu @laurenbagdy Slides / Project Updates: http://studentssocialmediaschools.com Thank you! Any questions?

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