Academics’ Use of Social Media
Calling all academics! Please help us out with our new online survey. We are interested in learning more about how individuals in academia use (or don’t use) various social media for professional and work related purposes. We need academics from ALL disciplines. Right now we largely have social scientists, but all other disciplines are not currently represented in our sample. So, any help in diversifying our sample would be very much appreciated.
Basic requirements: You must be in academia (any discipline, any career stage, i.e., grad student, postdoc, professor, admin). You do not have to be a social media user (we are recruiting both users and nonusers). Please share the survey with other academics you know!
Study Link: https://kmrc.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3lzcIHbGrymja7z
Contact Info: Dr. Nicole Muscanell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In conducting some recent studies, I’ve been looking for public venues on the web to recruit participants for online surveys. Here are just a few sites that seem to be current and well-maintained. More importantly, you can submit your (ethically approved) online surveys here for free. If anybody knows other good resources/sites, please let us all know!
Attention fellow academics:
Are you an academic who uses ResearchGate or other social media? Please take our survey & help us learn about the role of social media in academia! You can be from any field/discipline (grad students, postdocs, and professors alike can participate). You can also participate if you don’t use ResearchGate. Please help us share the link too!
Thanks for your interest and help!
Study link: https://kmrc.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6sB9wCkcO4Tarnn
Special Issue Information
Social media allow individuals to very easily connect and exchange information with as many (or as few) others as desired. Importantly, the people we connect and share with can be very well known others (e.g., close friends and relatives), people we know less (e.g., acquaintances we see from time to time), or even people we don’t really know or have never actually met face-to-face. Thus, an important question is how the strength of these connections influences what types of information we seek from and share with others, and what the underlying processes are. Traditional research on social capital has shown the benefits people can get from their social networks; strong ties provide us with emotional support, and weak ties provide us with non-redundant information. These assumptions might no longer hold true on social media where different contexts and audiences collapse and individuals tend to have much broader connections.
This special issue will bring together papers that focus on generating a current understanding about: 1) the benefits people seek and receive from their social media networks (i.e., information, knowledge, and/or emotional support) 2) how tie strength influences which benefits people receive; and 3) the underlying processes, especially the role of (self-related) self-disclosure.
We particularly seek papers that are theory driven and demonstrate underlying processes, including moderating and mediating variables, that can explain more directly how social tie strength relates to social capital (what people can obtain from their connections) and disclosure (what people share with their connections). Moreover, because much research on social media is focused on Facebook use by American students, we especially encourage contributions from other countries and on different social media platforms. Contributions are invited from all disciplines including psychology, media studies, communication science, and sociology. Please visit the link below for the full call.
Dr. Sonja Utz
Dr. Nicole Muscanell
Social Media and Social Capital Call, Click Here
Findings suggest the old school way may be better for a number of outcomes…
Here’s the article from Scientific American:
The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens
Which demographics use social media?.
Original Source (Pew Research Center)
Getting settled in Tübingen, Germany. I start my new job soon on August 1st, at the Knowledge Media Research Center. Looking forward to new collaborations and new friends.