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A Digital Footprint From Birth: New Mothers’ Decisions to Share Baby Pictures Online

dc.contributor.authorKumar, Priya
dc.contributor.advisorSchoenebeck, Sarita Yardi
dc.description.abstractThis research explored new mothers’ decision-making processes to share baby pictures online, particularly on social network sites (SNSs). Semi-structured interviews with 22 new mothers around the United States and abroad uncovered the types of pictures they did and did not share online as well as the different SNSs and other communication platforms they used. The desire to connect with family and friends motivated participants to share pictures online, though many participants had to negotiate expectations regarding online photo sharing with their husbands, and, to a lesser extent, other family or friends. Participants’ conception of their audience, both who was in it and what its members would want to see, as well as privacy concerns influenced their decisions. Participants also considered their own identities and opinions regarding their presentation of self when deciding whether to share baby pictures online. This study extends existing work on online photo sharing and describes how a growing online audience affects photo-sharing behaviors. It also explores the role of technology in the transition to parenthood, offering photo sharing as one potential lens through which to explore the mother-child relationship.en_US
dc.subjectBaby Picturesen_US
dc.subjectOnline Photo Sharingen_US
dc.subjectFamily Photographyen_US
dc.subjectMotherhood and Technologyen_US
dc.subjectSocial Networkingen_US
dc.titleA Digital Footprint From Birth: New Mothers’ Decisions to Share Baby Pictures Onlineen_US
dc.description.thesisdegreenameMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.description.thesisdegreedisciplineSchool of Informationen_US
dc.description.thesisdegreegrantorUniversity of Michiganen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberKing, John Leslie
dc.contributor.committeememberLampe, Clifford
dc.identifier.orcid0000-0001-9244-7915en_US, Priya; 0000-0001-9244-7915en_US
dc.owningcollnameDissertations and Theses (Ph.D. and Master's)

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