social media writing study

I’m currently recruiting participants for a research project investigating writing processes on social media. 

If you’re a social media user, you know that writing is the primary way you participate in each network. However, the kind of writing done on social networks is very different from the kind of writing you do in other places, like school. While we know a lot about how people write for the purposes of school, we do not yet know much about how people write on social media.  

I’m seeking English-speaking adults (18 years of age or older) of any demographic (ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, geography/location, income level, etc.) to participate in this project. Participants include those that actively participate on social networks** by creating content for the network, sharing content from elsewhere to the network, and/or commenting on others’ content.  

Participation includes: 

  1. Meeting with me (approximately 15 minutes) over Skype, Google Hangout, telephone call, or in-person to learn how to record your writing on social networks.
  2. Recording 7-10 screencasts of your writing on social networks and sending me those recordings.
  3. Taking part in a follow-up interview (about 45 minutes) about your social media writing. Again, this can be over Skype, Google Hangout, telephone call, or in-person.  

If you choose to participate, your personally identifying information will be kept confidential. Only I will see your screen recordings and interviews. Participants’ identities will be kept confidential through the use of a pseudonym.  

This project is approved by the University of Dayton Institutional Review Board for the protection of human participants. If you would like to contact the IRB chair, you may do so at irb@udayton.edu.  

**For the purpose of this study, a “social network” is any digital space or environment in which people with shared interests or goals convene. These include:  

  • Popular social platforms (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Snapchat)
  • Discussion Forums/Knowledge-Sharing Sites (Reddit, Quora, Wikipedia)
  • Review Sites (Yelp, Goodreads, TripAdvisor, Angie’s List, Urbanspoon)
  • Image-Sharing or File-Sharing Sites (Instagram, Pinterest, GitHub, Academia.edu)
  • Video-Sharing or Audio-Sharing Sites (YouTube, Vimeo, Twitch, SoundCloud)
  • Community-specific blogs (Medium, Ghost, Tumblr, Meetup)
  • Health-related networks (PatientsLikeMe, RealMentalHealth)
  • Dating/Personal Relationship Networks (Tinder, Match, Grindr, Bumble, eHarmony)
  • Sharing Economy Networks (AirBnB, TaskRabbit, Lyft, Uber, Poshmark) 

    You can read more about the parameters for participation on this consent form.

    Ready to participate? Please contact me using this form or email me at pthomas1@udayton.edu.