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We Care About Different Things: Non-Elite Conceptualizations of Social Media Privacy
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-17, 15:43 authored by Kelly QuinnKelly Quinn, Dmitry Epstein, Brenda Moon
This study explores privacy from the perspective of the user. It leverages a “framing in thought” approach to capture how users make sense of privacy in their social media use. It builds on a unique dataset of privacy definitions collected from a representative sample of 608 US social media users. The data are analyzed using topic modeling and semantic network analysis to unpack the multidimensionality of social media privacy. These dimensions are further examined in relation to established demographic antecedents of privacy concerns and behaviors. Results indicate the dominance of frames related to horizontal dimensions of privacy, or privacy vis-à-vis peers, as compared with the vertical dimensions, or privacy vis-à-vis institutions. In addition, the findings suggest that user conceptualization of privacy reflects a cognate-based approach that emphasizes control and limits to information access. Implications for privacy research, policy, and technology design are discussed.
CitationQuinn, K., Epstein, D.Moon, B. (2019). We Care About Different Things: Non-Elite Conceptualizations of Social Media Privacy. Social Media + Society, 5(3), 2056305119866008-. https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305119866008
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36 Creative Arts and Writing4701 Communication and Media Studies47 Language, Communication and Culture3605 Screen and Digital MediaBasic Behavioral and Social ScienceBehavioral and Social Scienceprivacyuser definitionssocial mediaframing3605 Screen and digital media4410 Sociology4701 Communication and media studiesFilm, Television and Digital MediaCommunication and Media StudiesCultural Studies