Child & Westermann (2013) Facebook and Parent relationships


1) What is the goal or purpose of this study?

The goal of the study is to explore how young adult Facebook users who have received parental Facebook friend requests process and respond to the request sent by a parent to be Facebook friends. The study turns to Communication Privacy Management theory for insight into potential factors that illuminate how young adults handle the requests. Four research questions are asked: (1) how do young adult Facebook users handle parental Facebook friend requests, (2) to what extent do young adult Facebook users adjust their privacy rules for greater protection of private information after responding to parental Facebook friend request?, (3) do the privacy management orientations functioning within the family help explain the way that young adults respond to parents who have requested to be Facebook friends?, and (4) do young adults who have less satisfying and trustful relationships with their parents respond differently to parents requesting to be Facebook friends than do individuals with more satisfying and trusting relationships? The study examines parental Facebook friend requests and family privacy management orientations and parent-child relationship quality and trust.


2) Describe the methods. Do the methods seem line an adequate way to examine and/or test the researchers’ questions and/or hypotheses?

The methods of the study consisted of 235 Facebook users with at least one living parent or parental figure who had requested to be their Facebook friend. A series of questions sorted participants into different groups based on if a parent had ever requested to be Facebook friends or not. Furthermore, participants completed family privacy orientation measure and questions were on a 7-point likert type scale from strongly disagree to strongly agree.


3) What did they find? How do they interpret their findings?

The study found that for RQ1; the results indicate that the majority of Facebook users in this sample allowed their parents some type of access to their Facebook. In research question 2, results showed that participants were more likely not to make restrictive privacy rule adjustments in conjunction with the request. Following that, research question three findings indicated that request from mothers reflected difference in the interior family privacy orientation and request from fathers family did not help explain the way young adults  responded to the request. Lastly, research question four, found that the handling of the request reflected differences in relationship quality and trust levels with the mothers. The findings for this study confirm that when young adult Facebook users receive parental Facebook friend request from either parent or both they tend to welcome and accept the requests.


Frampton & Child (2013)- Facebook and Coworkers


1) What is the goal or purpose of this study?

The purpose of the study is to contribute to the understudied area of coworker interaction and Facebook by examining how working professionals make decisions about requests from coworkers to connect as colleagues via social media. The study frameworks a coworker Facebook friend request as triggering a possible privacy dilemma for working professional. The goal of the study is to utilize CPM as a foundation for advancing a set of three hypothesis and two research questions about working professionals responses to coworker Facebook friend request.


2) Describe the methods. Do the methods seem line an adequate way to examine and/or test the research questions and/or hypotheses?

A total of 312 participants completed an online survey and logged into Facebook an average of 17 times a week. A snowball sampling technique was employed to solicit potential participants in a variety of ways. Participants also completed the 6-item interior family privacy orientation measure adapted to address organizational notions of privacy rather than family along with a coworker communication satisfaction measures.


3) What did the researchers find? How do they interpret their findings?

The study findings demonstrate the most common response to coworker Facebook friend requests is to accept them versus leaving them in limbo or rejecting the request. Furthermore, results suggest that the majority of participants are less likely to modify their privacy rules towards greater protection of privacy information after handing a coworker Facebook friend request. Overall, this study found that working professionals who set up privacy rules that reflect less concern and caution about the management of overall disclosures on Facebook.

4) Using these two studies, develop a follow up study that applies CPM to another social media site that is not Facebook.

I’d like to see CPM applied to a study on the social media platform Instagram. It would be interesting to examine the relationships between mother and child versus father and child. I’d like to see how each parental relationships are handle when a friend request is sent to the child from a mother versus a father. Is the friend request viewed differently depending on the parent? For example, is a son more likely to add his dad instead of his mom? CPM can help us better understand how each child handles adding their mother or father on Instagram.