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Examining Personal Experiences of Repeated Exposure to Violent Content in Social Media in Young Adults using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Conroy, Ella (2020) Examining Personal Experiences of Repeated Exposure to Violent Content in Social Media in Young Adults using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The personal experiences of 10 students repeated exposure to violence in social media were investigated using semi structured self-devised interviews with the aim of gaining an understanding of their perspectives. Interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to break the interviews down into themes in order to analysis the data and interpret the participant’s interpretation of their experience of violent content in social media. Superordinate themes found were ‘curiosity in violent imagery remains after repeated exposure’ (Theme 1) which explained why individuals uncovered violent content, ‘emotional reactivity is reduced after repeated exposure’ (Theme 2) which took individual’s immediate reaction viewing violent content into account and lastly ‘subsequent thoughts about violence are reduced after repeated exposure’ (Theme 3) which showed reductions in duration and quantity of individuals thoughts about violent content following viewing violent content.
Further research is recommend specifically focusing on the novel theme ‘Subsequent thoughts about violence are reduced after repeated exposure’. A suggestion for those who may want to replicate a similar study in the future is to add an additional question which asks participants how long they spend viewing violent content when they come into contact with it, this would be beneficial in analysing and interpreting future data.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > Children > Child Development
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
Q Science > QA Mathematics > Computer software > Mobile Phone Applications
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology > Computer software > Mobile Phone Applications
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Mr Kevin Loughran
Date Deposited: 24 May 2021 15:17
Last Modified: 24 May 2021 15:17
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4840

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