Location-based social media use in families: Qualitative outcomes from participant observations

Sarah Jean Fusco, Katina Michael, M. G. Michael, Roba Abbas

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Abstract

This paper is about location-based social media use within families. An experiment was devised to study different family relationships and dynamics with respect to the use and application of location-based social media services. The methodology applied was two-fold: (1) an experiment using Google Latitude, a location social media app; and (2) semi-structured interviews. The data from the study is analyzed using qualitative analysis and compares the responses between siblings with that of parent-child relationship. The results of the study raise issues about (1) use and experience; (2) the disclosure of location; and (3) and the power to view location information. In the discussion uses and benefits of this technology are presented, as well as negative issues, trust and control factors. The main finding of the study is that location-based social media use while very beneficial in families has the propensity to propagate a power asymmetry, one individual over the other, although this power is not always displayed explicitly. While location-based social media is about »sharing» one's location, the sharing is not always equitable, nor is it bidirectional.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS 2018
EditorsPaul Cunningham, Miriam Cunningham
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages139-149
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781538694794
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 8 2019
Event24th Annual IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS 2018 - Washington, United States
Duration: Nov 13 2018Nov 14 2018

Publication series

NameInternational Symposium on Technology and Society, Proceedings
Volume2018-November

Conference

Conference24th Annual IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS 2018
CountryUnited States
CityWashington
Period11/13/1811/14/18

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social media
participant observation
media service
parent-child relationship
experiment
Application programs
asymmetry
search engine
Experiments
methodology
interview
experience

Keywords

  • children
  • family
  • location-based
  • location-based sharing
  • parents
  • siblings
  • social media
  • social networking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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Fusco, S. J., Michael, K., Michael, M. G., & Abbas, R. (2019). Location-based social media use in families: Qualitative outcomes from participant observations. In P. Cunningham, & M. Cunningham (Eds.), 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS 2018 (pp. 139-149). [8638283] (International Symposium on Technology and Society, Proceedings; Vol. 2018-November). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ISTAS.2018.8638283

Location-based social media use in families : Qualitative outcomes from participant observations. / Fusco, Sarah Jean; Michael, Katina; Michael, M. G.; Abbas, Roba.

2018 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS 2018. ed. / Paul Cunningham; Miriam Cunningham. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2019. p. 139-149 8638283 (International Symposium on Technology and Society, Proceedings; Vol. 2018-November).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Fusco, SJ, Michael, K, Michael, MG & Abbas, R 2019, Location-based social media use in families: Qualitative outcomes from participant observations. in P Cunningham & M Cunningham (eds), 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS 2018., 8638283, International Symposium on Technology and Society, Proceedings, vol. 2018-November, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., pp. 139-149, 24th Annual IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS 2018, Washington, United States, 11/13/18. https://doi.org/10.1109/ISTAS.2018.8638283
Fusco SJ, Michael K, Michael MG, Abbas R. Location-based social media use in families: Qualitative outcomes from participant observations. In Cunningham P, Cunningham M, editors, 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS 2018. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2019. p. 139-149. 8638283. (International Symposium on Technology and Society, Proceedings). https://doi.org/10.1109/ISTAS.2018.8638283
Fusco, Sarah Jean ; Michael, Katina ; Michael, M. G. ; Abbas, Roba. / Location-based social media use in families : Qualitative outcomes from participant observations. 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS 2018. editor / Paul Cunningham ; Miriam Cunningham. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2019. pp. 139-149 (International Symposium on Technology and Society, Proceedings).
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