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Comm Research Article Critique

Comm Research Article Critique

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 Meghan SchneiderComm. ResearchDr. NathanielA.
Purpose of the Study:-
The purpose of this study is to identify variables that negatively affectpeople on Social Networking Sites.-
Examine personal accounts of users who have experiences negativeevents on SNSs.-
People can gain a better understanding of negative affects SNSs haveon their relationships.-
Used mixed methods; open-coding, and open ended responses to firstdetermine ten negative event types that appear during participation onsocial networking sites.-
Quantitative coding (surveys) were then used to identify the mostfrequently experienced negative events.-
Goal was to find out how social networking sites affect themaintenance of existing relationships and formation of newrelationships.B.
Hypothesis/es or Research Question(s):-
“Gaining a better understanding of negative events that precipitate
strain in relationships may provide better insight into the potential
te or unintentional harms occurring on SNSs.” (Tokunaga, p
“To this end, the negative event types on SNSs are explored in the
endeavor to create a typology documenting the various negative
events.” (Tokunaga, p 426)
Variables and Measures:-
The major variables for these research questions are that they arefocusing on SNSs and making sure they have all elements in thequestion that they want to get results for.-
Sample of 197 undergraduate students were used to find these results.-
Independent variables were the genders and ages of the participants.-
Dependent variables would be the questions they were being asked,and the fact that each participant had to have had negative experienceson SNSs.D.
Participants were a sample of 197 undergraduate students from largePacific and Southwest Universities.-
85 males (43.15%) and 112 females (56.85%). The mean age for theseparticipants was 24 with the range being 18-43.-
Students who participated had to have experiences in which theyencountered an action or behavior perpetrated by a partner over SNSsthat led to strain in the relationship.
To participate, students were asked to recall the specific episode inwhich they experienced interpersonal strain over SNS. They wereasked to explain the circumstances of the event; the background, whatwas said.E.
Results and Conclusions:-
Results were found by a content analysis that was able to identifynegative effects that occur over SNSs.-
The three most commonly experienced negative events were : (a) afriend request was declined or ignored(27.17%; n= 53) (b) a publicmessage or an identification tag was deleted (24.10%; n=47), (c) and aperson did not appear or was ranked lower than expected on a topfriends application (15.90%; n= 31.-
The seven negative events reported in less than expected frequenciesinclude the surveillance of profiles (7.18%; n = 14), a posted questionor comment that was ignored (6.15%; n=12), disparaging publicremarks on message boards (4.62%; n=9), gossip appearing on thirdparties messages (4.10%; n=8), limited access to friends profiles(4.10%; n=8),, removal as a friend(35%; n=7), and not being allowedto join a group or having an undesirable group created in reference tothe respondent (3.08%; n=6)-
The mixed-methods approach was necessary to create and organizethe typology of negative events on SNSs.

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