Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2016

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication

Major

Journalism and Mass Communication

First Advisor

Jan L. Boyles

Abstract

This study explores the relatively new phenomenon of Facebook users creating memorial content in order to grieve. Using a survey with 230 undergraduate and graduate respondents, the study examines the factors that influence the creation of memorial content on Facebook. Users who post more and actively create content that is not related to mourning are more likely to create memorial content. For a majority of Facebook users, the site is a supportive and nurturing place. providing a social space for the grieving to interact with each other. Most users do not post memorial content, but those who do create memorial content found it helpful in the mourning process. Overall, the research indicates that while mourning on Facebook is viewed as a positive and helpful experience for individuals dealing with the loss of a friend, it does not take the place of being with loved ones when somebody close to them passes on.

Copyright Owner

Eric Palmer Meyer

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

65 pages

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