Only a click away: an investigation of Facebook memorialization

Kelly, Holly S. (2014) Only a click away: an investigation of Facebook memorialization. Bachelor's thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Online memorializing is increasing in popularity, specifically on Facebook. This type of memorialization has typically taken the form of groups or pages dedicated to the memory of loved ones, which, in turn, creates a community of support for people who are grieving. A sample of 250 people, with a mean age of 31.02 years (ranging from 19 to 77), volunteered to complete a questionnaire assessing use and perceptions of Facebook memorial groups and pages. Participants reported joining Facebook memorial groups, with the majority saying they visit these less than once a month, usually when alone. During these visits, participants typically looked at pictures of the deceased, with sadness being the most commonly experienced emotion. Many participants reported that Facebook memorial groups and pages allow people to remember the life of the deceased and to help in the grieving process. It was found that liking a Facebook memorial page was seen as being supportive rather than disrespectful. The majority of participants reported that Facebook memorial groups should be private rather than public. Participants who reported learning about the death of a family member on Facebook were significantly more likely to report that a deceased’s Facebook account should remain on Facebook but only be accessed by Facebook friends than participants who reported never learning about the death of a family member on Facebook. The implications of the results and directions for future research are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's)
Item ID: 8101
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 31-32).
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > School of Arts and Social Science > Psychology
Date: 2014
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Memorialization--Public opinion; Online social networks--Psychological aspects; Death--Social aspects

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