Can Any Mother Help Me?

Social Mothers: Motherhood, Motherwork and Social Media

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UK mums only please!

What happens when the oldest job in the world meets the newest technology? Is social media transforming the way women adapt to motherhood? Are you constantly onilne posting photographs of your little ones? Exclaiming how litte sleep you’ve had? Asking advice on everything from how to sooth cracked nipples to where to buy calpol at 3am? Or do you just trust your instincts?

The purpose and value of this study is to find out what impact social media has on the experience of motherhood and how it effects women’s transition into motherhood as well as how it continues to positively or negatively impact on their lives. If you are a UK mother and use social media either a lot or a little I would like to hear about your views and experiences. All the information you share in the survey is anonymous.

It will take about 20 minutes and feedback from mothers who have already taken it was that they found it interesting and enjoyed filling it in. I appreciate your time and in sharing this with other UK mothers. If you have questions about the survey please do not hesitate to contact me through this blog.  If you want to be updated on the findings of this research and any related publications please follow this blog. I’ll be posting updates here.

Click on the link below to access the survey. AND THANKS!

Motherhood and Social Media Survey 2015

Mum’s use social media more regularly than general population…

Just came across this report on parenting website babycentre.co.uk. Some interesting findings clearly presented.

http://www.babycentersolutions.com/docs/BabyCentre_2013_UK_Social_Mum_Report.pdf

This report was commissioned to analyse the social media habits of mothers and how that impacts on purchasing habits. It demonstrates what you might suspect – that social networking does indeed drive purchasing decisions – and in particular the consumer habits of mothers. Well why else would advertisers pay popular bloggers, you tubers  and social networking sites to advertise on their pages? Despite this obvious finding there’s much to mull over here. For example [p10 of the pdf] how women adapt their social habit when they become mothers – for instance finding themselves having less in common with friends who don’t have children and feeling more comfortable with friends that do or new friends who are mums because they can talk about their children without fear of boring the other person. Is the world really divided between those who have and those who don’t have children. I’d like to think not but i have to say this point rings true in my experience. What’s your experience? Do the eyes of your friends-without-children glaze over as you discuss little johnny or jana? Also how mothers use social media to enhance their well being by posting about personal, health or professional goals and achievements. A positive thesis. A more negative thesis – one I’ve been reflecting on these past few years is how social media increases social anxiety and stress. Perhaps these are two sides to the same coin. The anxiety or stress we might feel by seemingly not having such beautiful, ambitious, achieving lives as our peers is placated by purchasing the product and services so conveniently placed next to our social activity… mmm.

Anyways – lots more to digest so take a look and if you see anything of a similar nature on your interweb travels do share. THis is all grist to the mill of my PhD.

For a summary:

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a25006911/mums-wake-up-with-facebook-instead-of-coffee

Found anything else like this? Please share and help me broaden my PhD research net!

Post a link in the comments sections below – or if you’re seeing this on my FB page share with link with #socialmediamums.

THANKS!

How We Become Who We Are

How We Become Who We Are is my doctorate novel about the stories we tell that make us who we are online and the gaps between our real and virtual lives.

Is this myself, or are we merely fictions – David Shields reality hunger

From How We Become

‘Frankie knew the internet was a slippery thing. She knew how easy it was to get caught up. So many diversions, distractions, lies, fantasies, desires in one place. If it’s not selling you something it’s telling you something, making something, faking something. Sapping life out of the new, squeezing the value out of everything. Frankie had too often had enough. But as she watched the stats of her youtube channel pass 1 million subscribers she ascended from the merely ordinary to somewhat remarkable. It was a good feeling. A feeling she felt she deserved. For the first time in her life Frankie had assets. Assets that, if she played her hand right, could fundamentally change her life.’

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Week 10 – Project 5: Self Portrait

Drawing on your explorations of self representation online through creative and social media practices create a self portrait in any media. From deliberate profile making on social media to the pages of content we post across sites that cross boundaries of the personal and professional we are rewriting the idea of a single self into one that is expanded and multiple. Dr Dana Boyd, a Senior Researcher at Microsoft, has a term for the control we exercise over these cyber self representations, she calls it ‘impression management’ – but what about all the stuff we post but don’t think about so carefully, or the stuff we posted years ago, the stuff we forget…what does that say about us?

If you’re looking for more inspiration take a look at this project Learning To Love You More by American Artists Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher. This is an early exercise in online participatory art practice. The artists designed assignments which members of the general public were asked to respond too – the public was also invited to contribute assignments. Some are more self portraiture than others. Take a look, adapt an assignment or use them as inspiration for your own response to Project 5. Good luck!

Guidelines on how your work will be assessed:

  • Your ability to address critically in practice and in reflective analysis the problematic nature of creative media practice and networked public sphere through investigations into matters of origination, voice, form and audience.
  • Your ability to devise, design, write, select and produce works of creative media art using both fictional and non-fictional sources in the production of two creative media works exploring self and society.
  • Your willingness to explore creative resources offered by technology in the context of online social media technologies.
  • The willingness and creativity you demonstrate through the practice and development of creative and technical skills in cross media arts.

Podcasting to the Digital Community and Beyond

Project 4 of the online portfolio you are required to devise, plan, record and upload a Podcast to the Podcast Page of your blog.  A Podcast is

pod·cast  

/ˈpädˌkast/

Noun

A multimedia digital file made available on the Internet for downloading to a portable media player, computer, etc.
Verb

Make (a multimedia digital file) available as a podcast.

Here are some useful and interesting podcast sites for you to look at. Listen/watch a few to get a sense of the format and content presentation of a range of Podcasts on a variety of topics.

BBC Points of View

‘Best of’ UK Podcasts selection

Best of 2012/13 Podcasts [Canada]

A great way to share research and deas:

Aleks Krotoski – researcher and journalist

Digital Human Series 1 and 2

Aleks Krotoski explores the digital world, looking at the urge to capture every image, experience and feeling for online eternity and how technology touches everything people do, both on and offline.

untangling the web – Krotoski book published April 2013

Tricia Wang – sm researcher and sociologist

Danah Boyd – researcher in social media

And finally here’s some exemplary eco-activism use of podcasts and social media to build communities and awareness of environmental issues:

the story of stuff project

That’s plenty to be looking at for now.

E-mail me your ideas and I can give you further direction for your research.

dana boyd always has something interesting to say…

dana boyd is a researcher and expert on all things social media. her doctorate got her a job at Microsoft and an affiliate with Harvard University so safe to say her work is rated.

there are a number of articles and videos of her work and ideas online.

here’s a link to the talk entitled ’embracing a culture of connectivity’ that i’ll be showing in week 1 of The Networked Image course

be great to hear your thoughts.

No More Decisive Moments – Just Stream

Thinking about Networked Images and how snapshot or popular photography has changed the way we produce and consume images in this era of cameraphones, photo-blogging and global sharing, this article is a fantastic introduction to the subject offering historical context and many useful references to further research in practice and theory work.

A LIfe More Photographic

Read it and then consider these questions:

What is snapshot photography? Describe its key features.
How has the Internet changed the nature of snapshot photography?
How has the move to screen-based photography transformed the way we take photographs?
How has the practice of photo sharing or photo blogging re-instated the ‘marginalised practice of looking at‘.
What does Lev Manovich describe as ‘a new paradigm to interface reality’ ‘? Why is this significant for understanding the networked images?
Have we lost the ‘decisive moment’ in photography? Substantiate for your answer.
What implication does the artist Paul Frosh’s ideas about stock photography have for networked snapshot photography?
Elsewhere the internet has been described as a ‘network of desire for wealthy countries’.  How might this be considered in light of Rubenstien’s/Sluis’s understanding of ‘the rhetoric of personal photography’.

Be great to know what you think or post any related articles of interest.