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Emotions, everyday life and the social web: age, gender and social web engagement effects on online emotional expression

Beneito-Montagut, Roser 2017. Emotions, everyday life and the social web: age, gender and social web engagement effects on online emotional expression. Sociological Research Online 10.1177/1360780417732955

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Abstract

Emotional expression is key to the maintenance and development of interpersonal relationships online. This study develops and applies a novel analytical framework for the study of emotional expression on the social web in everyday life. The analytical framework proposed is based on previous ethnographic work and the self-reported measurement of the visual cues, action cues and verbal cues that people use to express emotions on the social web. It is empirically tested, using an online survey of Spanish frequent Internet users (n=301). The analysis focuses particularly on how age, gender and social web engagement relate to emotional expression during online social interactions. We find that both personal characteristics (age and gender) as well as levels of social web usage affect emotional communication online. The effect size is particularly strong for gender. The paper illustrates and reflects upon the potential of the proposed analytical framework for unveiling norms and strategies in online interaction rituals.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Publisher: Sociological Research Online
ISSN: 1360-7804
Funders: Jose Castillejo - Spanish Education Ministry
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 September 2017
Date of Acceptance: 29 August 2017
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2018 06:53
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/104533

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