• Kate Kavanagh

    Hi Stephanie, thanks for your poster, it’s a very interesting topic! I wonder how your case study users were selected, because that could lead to further possible comparisons… was it a convenience sample or representative? Might the results found here expand or contract when features other than age/nationality are taken into account?
    Cheers :)

  • StephanieTilliridou

    Hello Kate, thank you for your comment! :)
    The participants for the study were selected based on the age and nationality criteria. Then, four of the participants were targeted and recruited using my personal network (convenience sampling) and these four participants helped me recruit more participants for the study based on their circle of friends (using snowball sampling). Snowball sampling, which ‘yields a study sample through referrals made among people who share or know of others who possess some characteristics that are of research interest’ (Biernacki and Waldorf 1981, p. 141). Therefore, nine more participants were recruited this way, having in mind the age and nationality criteria.

    Therefore, I believe it was a combination of convenience and representative sampling when recruiting the participants. The qualitative analysis will take into consideration other aspects as well, such as parenthood (as not all participants are married with children) or the occupation of each participant etc. Therefore, I will attempt to find the identities constructed using the Facebook platform, based on the similarities and differences between the participants.

    I hope this answers your question and thank you for your comment! :)

  • Gerard O'Grady

    Hi Stephanie, It’s a nice poster. I have a couple of thoughts/questions which might help you think about your next research move. Firstly as you are dealing with multi-modal material is there any way you can incorporate how image or colour was used to construct identity. Secondly do you find any differences that are attributable to differerenes afforded by the characters of the language e.g. Greek freer word order but case and gender, English less explicit grammatical cues so more a reliance on context etc.

  • Lucy Chrispin

    Hi Stephanie, thanks for your poster. I would be interested in a more in depth analysis of the most common communicative functions – opinion/judgement, mood and quoting. I understand this might be a lot of work, but it would be interesting to provide a more qualitative of these posts (perhaps using another framework such as appraisal in the opinion group – this is just off the top of my head though). I agree with Gerard that images could be an interesting area. Another idea could be to compare against a younger control group to see if there are differences, though that might be out the scope of this project.

  • Amanda Potts

    Thank you for this interesting poster. Regarding your question, I felt I was missing a bit of the context. I think that this is an interesting research area, but I believe more justification or information could be given as to why this particular group is being studied. Do CP of older people differ from others? Or are online practices of older people particularly noteworthy? This could be brought about with a comparative element but equally through inclusion of literature, either on the language of older people in general or of younger people online. I hope this is clear!

  • Lauren O'Hagan

    Hi Stephanie,

    Nice poster! Your work has developed a lot since I last heard you present a few years ago. I also wanted to echo Gerard’s comments and ask whether you would be looking at multimodal features like colour and image as well when exploring constructions of identity. I think that would be really fruitful.

  • Virpi Ylanne

    Hi Stephanie, sorry I’m late looking at the posters. Good to see your research taking shape! A comparative element would be interesting (either with younger adults or older adults in a different context), but as mentioned above, it would take you beyond your current project – yet, something you might be able to bring in from previous literature into your discussion? Are you intending to carry out any interviews with the participants about their practices? As mentioned, a closer multimodal analysis of the different functions (how they are realised) would be interesting. Good luck with your work!

  • Stephanie Tilliridou

    Hello everyone,

    I apologise for taking so long to respond but this month is the busiest month of the school year for me, as we have our exams at the institute. I will try to reply to all of your comments and questions.

    As I realise a common theme in your comments is the multimodality of the data, which indeed was taken into consideration for the analysis of the posts when identifying their communicative functions and will be incorporated in the qualitative analysis of the posts later on in the following chapters where I will be looking at how older users do identity work in more depth, following the analysis of the posts based on their communicative function. This is explained mostly in the methodology chapter, where I explain how the posts were collected and I refer to their multimodal nature, which is taken into consideration for the analysis.
    This chapter focuses on the communicative functions of the posts and the following chapters will include the qualitative and more in-depth analysis of the posts related to identity work. This chapter is only the starting point in order to identify from the 3000 posts (approximately) what purposes the posts of older users achieve and which identities stand out, which will then lead to the next analytical chapters. As Lucy suggests, a more in-depth analysis of the communicative functions that stand out is needed for the thesis. In the actual chapter I include examples and explanations which I could not include in the poster because of the word limit. This is just a summary of the actual chapter which I am still working on if I am being honest. I have a draft version and hopefully I will start writing my next analytical chapter very soon which will include a more in depth qualitative analysis of the data.

    The reason I have chosen to study older Facebook users is because based on the literature, it seems that there is a gap when it comes to examining older users of social networking sites, such as Facebook. In the analytical chapters a comparison between the studies that investigated how younger users use Facebook and my study will be made, especially as to how younger and older users do identity work on Facebook.So I will keep that in mind for the next analytical chapters or/and the discussion/ conclusion part of the thesis.

    Virpi’s question about the interviews is a valid one and to be honest I was hoping to conduct interviews with some of the participants. However, I am not sure at the moment whether or not to carry out the interviews because of time constraints and because analysing and collecting 3000 posts has been more diffuclt and time-consuming than I thought at the begin. Therefore, after discussing it with my supervisor we agreed that maybe interviews are not so vital for the purposes of the thesis in order to be able to finish my Phd on time. We will discuss it further after I finish my second analytical chapter.

    Hopefully I have managed to answer all (or most) of your questions. I will most certainly have a look at the aporaisal framework that Lucy has suggested and find similarities or differences attributed to the characters of the language as Gerard suggests. I have not included these in my chapter and it is certainly worth looking into them.

    I am happy to see in your comments that you have seen the progress in my research. There is still a long way to go but hopefully I am getting there. If you have any more questions or suggestions for my research please do let me know, as your comments have helped me make some notes as to how my chapter can be improved and I now know what should be included in the next analytical chapters. :)

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