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Social Media, Work and Nonwork domains: A Qualitative Inquiry

30 May 2019 at 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Room 205b, Campus on Viale Romania, 32

Speaker: Mina Beigi, University of Southampton


"Flourishing social media, easy access to smartphones and tablets, and ready availability of the internet in the past decade have made it possible for individuals to be connected to social media almost anywhere at anytime. In this qualitative study, we interviewed 41 individuals in multiple professions in the UK to examine the role of social media in how they navigate their work and nonwork lives. We find social media to be a virtual domain that has boundaries with work and nonwork domains studied in the extant literature. Our findings reveal four strategies employees use to manage boundaries between social media domain and their work and non-work domains. We also describe sixteen mechanisms through which engaging with social media platforms enriches or conflicts with individuals’ personal and professional lives. We extend work-nonwork scholarship and boundary theory to include virtual as well as nonvirtual environments. "