Faculty Talk: Nazanin Andalibi
Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad
Self-Disclosures, Responses, and Social Support Exchange in Socially Stigmatized Contexts on Social Media
Social media platforms are often celebrated for their capacity to connect; yet disclosing information about oneself and exchanging support on these platforms can be daunting when people experience distress or adversity. In some cases, challenging personal experiences involve stigma and can be prohibitively painful to share with even the closest of friends. I investigate social media’s use and roles in relation to self-disclosure, social support exchange, and other responses and outcomes associated with self-disclosure. I concentrate on forms of human suffering that can be isolating and lead to distress, such as abuse, mental illness, and pregnancy loss – a pervasive reproductive health complication. In this talk, I discuss three contributions I have made in my research: (1) a Disclosure Decision-Making Framework explaining stigmatized disclosures and support seeking on social media, (2) an examination of indirect disclosure strategies and motivations in stigmatized contexts on social media, and (3) a Response Decision-Making Framework explaining support provision and engaging with stigmatized disclosures on social media. I conclude by describing my ongoing and future research about social technologies in service of a more compassionate and inclusive world, where vulnerable individuals are more empowered and their wellbeing is enhanced.
Note: This talk includes content about pregnancy loss.
Lunch will be served at 11:45am.