Out-of-place content: How repetitive, offensive, and opinion-challenging social media posts shape users' unfriending strategies in Spain

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dc.contributor.author Jordá, Beatriz
dc.contributor.author Cañedo Ramos, Azahara
dc.contributor.author Bene, Martón
dc.contributor.author Goyanes Martínez, Manuel
dc.date.accessioned 2022-05-16T09:34:35Z
dc.date.available 2022-05-16T09:34:35Z
dc.date.issued 2021-12
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation Jordá, B., Cañedo, A., Bene, M., & Goyanes, M. (2021). Out-of-Place Content: How Repetitive, Offensive, and Opinion-Challenging Social Media Posts Shape Users’ Unfriending Strategies in Spain. In Social Sciences (Vol. 10, Issue 12, p. 460). MDPI AG.
dc.identifier.issn 2076-0760
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/34806
dc.description.abstract Filtering strategies enable social media users to remove undesired content from their feeds, potentially creating homophilic environments. Although previous studies have addressed the individual-level factors and content features that influence these decisions, few have solely focused on users’ perceptions. Accordingly, this study applies social exchange theory to understand how users socially construct the process of unfriending. Based on 30 in-depth interviews with young Spaniards, we identify a widespread pattern of rejection over repetitive, opinion-challenging, and offensive posts, which we conceptualize as out-of-place content, a type of social media stimulus that hinders substantive online exchanges and challenges users’ understanding of social reality and individual values. This study contributes to current literature on unfriending by suggesting that filtering strategies are implemented gradually when posts overwhelm users’ tolerance threshold. Our findings also suggest that their deployment hinges on the closeness of the relationship between peers and social commitments formed in specific platforms. Future research is needed to assess to what extent the patterns identified in our interviews are present in the overall population.
dc.description.sponsorship This work was supported by the National Program of I+D+I (RTI2018-096065-B-I00) oriented to the Challenges of Society and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) about “Nuevos valores, gobernanza, financiación y servicios audiovisuales públicos para la sociedad de Internet: contrastes europeos y españoles.”Azahara Cañedo receives funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), call 2020/3771. Márton Bene is a recipient of the Bolyai János Research Fellowship awarded by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (BO/334_20).
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher MDPI AG
dc.rights © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
dc.rights Atribución 3.0 España
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/es/
dc.subject.other Public value
dc.subject.other Social exchange theory
dc.subject.other Social media
dc.subject.other Tolerance
dc.subject.other Unfriending
dc.title Out-of-place content: How repetitive, offensive, and opinion-challenging social media posts shape users' unfriending strategies in Spain
dc.type article
dc.subject.eciencia Sociología
dc.subject.eciencia Telecomunicaciones
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10120460
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess
dc.relation.projectID Gobierno de España. RTI2018-096065-B-I00
dc.type.version publishedVersion
dc.identifier.publicationfirstpage 460
dc.identifier.publicationissue 12
dc.identifier.publicationlastpage 475
dc.identifier.publicationtitle Social Sciences
dc.identifier.publicationvolume 10
dc.identifier.uxxi AR/0000030529
dc.contributor.funder Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades (España)
dc.affiliation.dpto UC3M. Departamento de Comunicación
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