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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
 
delibera
te or unintentional harms occurring on SNSs.” (Tokunaga, p
425.426)-
 
“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)
 C.
 
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:-
 
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.
 
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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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