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Title: A quantitative exploration of repeated advice-seeking on Reddit's r/relationships
Authors: Kang, Bianca Ni Ying
Keywords: Social sciences::Psychology
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Nanyang Technological University
Source: Kang, B. N. Y. (2019). A quantitative exploration of repeated advice-seeking on Reddit's r/relationships. Master's thesis, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Abstract: Online spaces for users seeking advice for personal issues have existed since the introduction of the Internet to the public in the 1990s. Today, online advice-seeking is a commonplace activity. However, understanding of this phenomenon is still limited. Much research on advice has focused on the evaluation and outcomes of advice, and on offline exchanges between non-stranger individuals. The current study was thus an exploratory step focused on identifying the factors related to repeated online advice-seeking behaviour. Specifically, the current study examined how (1) user-level differences and (2) differences in forum community reception may be associated with a user deciding to seek advice again on the same advice forum. One years’ worth of postings from a popular relational advice forum (Reddit’s r/relationships) and the posting activity of its users were analysed with the help of computational methods. Results indicated that certain user-level cues were predictive of repeat advice-seeking behaviour. Further analyses highlighted the importance of accounting for gender even when examining behaviour in a pseudonymous faceless environment. Practical implications and future directions were proposed and discussed.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/137027
Rights: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0).
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