Beyond Time: On Quitting Social Media
For many people, social media participation is embedded in the performance of everyday life. The Quitting Social Media (QSM) project seeks to understand the motivation behind social media participation, and users’ decisions to disengage. This talk explores the experiences of current and former social media users, based on surveys and interviews with 477 participants from 35 countries, and reflects on the ways that time connects with users’ experience of loneliness and togetherness. The findings suggest that deep ambivalence sits at the core of social media use.
BIO: Zeena Feldman is Lecturer in Digital Culture at King’s College London, where she explores the relationship between digital technologies and analogue concepts. Her work has appeared in Information, Communication & Society, TripleC, Cultural Policy Criticism & Management Research, OpenDemocracy, and on BBC Radio 3 and 4.
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