Why are we "friends" online with our face-to-face antipathies?

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dc.contributor Curtner-Smith, Mary Elizabeth
dc.contributor Pederson, Joshua R.
dc.contributor.advisor Casper, Deborah M.
dc.contributor.author Green, Tiffany
dc.date.accessioned 2018-07-11T16:49:17Z
dc.date.available 2018-07-11T16:49:17Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002959
dc.identifier.other Green_alatus_0004M_13487
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/3644
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This study explored the reasons why emerging adults remain friends online with their face-to-face antipathy. Even further, this study explored to what degree these individuals were interacting with and lurking on their antipathy on the four various social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. It also analyzed the associations among attachment, jealousy and fear of missing with individual lurking online. In this study, the reasons for remaining friends online with their former friend were categorized into eight distinct themes. The themes include hope of reconciliation, attention seeking, aggression, comparison, reconciled, past or present social connection, indifference, and lurking. It was found that the individuals in this study were lurking on their former friend across all social media platforms. Further analysis indicated that some of these individuals were also interacting with their former friend on these platforms. Fear of missing out was positively associated with luring on their former friend on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. However, Jealousy was only positively associated with lurking on their former friend on Facebook and Instagram but not Twitter. Generally, individuals remain friends with their antipathy on social media because they have some form of connection with them. Although, the term friend is often used to describe online connection in this study, the term is in fact ambiguous as these individuals who are “friends” on social media are not mutual liking relationships. Further research should continue to look into the various consequences and associations for remaining friends on social media with an antipathy. It should also seek to replicate the themes found within this study for remaining friends with their antipathy on social media.
dc.format.extent 85 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Developmental psychology
dc.subject.other Social research
dc.title Why are we "friends" online with our face-to-face antipathies?
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Human Development and Family Studies
etdms.degree.discipline Human Development and Family Studies
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.S.


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