Parent-child Interaction on Facebook

Open Access
Author:
Powers, Brian
Area of Honors:
Media Studies
Degree:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Ronald V Bettig, Thesis Supervisor
  • Ronald V Bettig, Honors Advisor
  • J Dumas, Faculty Reader
Keywords:
  • Facebook
  • parent
  • child
  • relationship
  • social media
Abstract:
The purpose of my thesis project is to explore how Facebook, affects parent-child relationships. Facebook is very new to today’s society, and what started as a small network for Harvard students, eventually made its way around to other major universities, and soon blossomed into a worldwide platform, where citizens from countries around the world could be instantly connected through a single click. First, I will give a brief description of Facebook, including the evolution of the social media platform. Many generations have begun using the site, which to no surprise, have led to numerous interactions between family members. I will perform various research techniques, and will survey students at The Pennsylvania State University. I will also apply the Communication Privacy Management (CPM) theory to better understand why these interactions occur, as well as how these interactions are handled.