Jessica Franks

Following the experiences of young adults as they detox and reconnect to social media

Supervisors:  

A/Professor Richard Chenhall, Centre for Health Equity, University of Melbourne

A/Professor Louise Keogh, Centre for Health Equity, University of Melbourne

Title of PhD:  

Following the experiences of young adults as they detox and reconnect to social media

Abstract:

Social media detoxes are a contentious, self-styled mitigation strategy for coping with negative social-media experiences. Discouraged by some academics as unrealistic in our tech-saturated society, others argue, detoxes can positively re-shape user habits. My research will explore young Australians, aged 16-30 years’, social-media detox and reconnection experiences. A qualitative longitudinal study, utilising post-phenomenological tools, will investigate how young adults manipulate technological features to remain connected during their detox and whether the experience positively promotes healthier tech-human-world relations upon reconnection.

Bio:

Jessica Franks is a post-graduate candidate at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests include applying a socio-material perspective to understand social network site discontinuation and reconnection, human–computer interactions and user habits, specifically, technological manipulations to meet user needs and expectations.