The use of social media for shaming strangers: young people's views

Amy De Vries

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Abstract

Recent years have seen an increase in a practice known as online public shaming. Online public shaming is when social media, and related technologies, is used as a platform for 'shaming' individuals for perceived violations in social norms and etiquette. This qualitative study explored young people's views on the occurrence and acceptability of this practice, including how it varies from related phenomenon such as cyber-bullying. The findings indicate that young people consider there to be a number of benefits to public shaming e.g. Deterring similar behaviours, and these also make it distinct from bullying. The discussions raised a number of related issues surrounding privacy, surveillance and managing online 'presence', which highlighted several implications for practice and requirements for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), 2015
PublisherIEEE
Pages2053-2062
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781479973675
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2015
Event48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2015 - Kauai, USA United States
Duration: 5 Jan 20158 Jan 2015

Conference

Conference48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2015
Country/TerritoryUSA United States
CityKauai
Period5/01/158/01/15

Keywords

  • Cyber-shaming
  • Privacy
  • Shaming
  • Social media
  • Surveillance
  • Young people

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