Many congratulations to Centre for Social Informatics PhD student Lyndsey Jenkins on winning a ‘best paper’ award with co-authors Ruoyun Lin and Debora Jeske at the 15th IFIP Conference on e-Business, e-Services and e-Society last week.
The winning paper is entitled ‘Influences and benefits of role models on social media’. On the basis of their empirical work, the authors argue that having a role model is associated with greater perceived support for one’s career aspirations, and access to information. In addition, those who have role models online report that their online profiles give more realistic self-presentations of their values and priorities. These individuals also have higher expectations of reciprocity in online environments.
Lyndsey’s contribution to this paper is based on work that she completed as a part of a nine-month internship with Debora Jeske at Northumbria University immediately prior to taking up her PhD place at Edinburgh Napier University.
The full citation for the paper is: Jenkins, L., Lin, R., & Jeske, D. (2016). Influences and benefits of role models on social media. In Y.K. Dwivedi, M. Mäntymäki, M-N. Ravishankar, M. Janssen, M. Clement, E.L. Slade, N.P. Rana, S. Al-Sharhan, A.C. Simintiras, (Eds.) I3E 2016 Social media: The good, the bad, and the ugly (pp. 673-684). Springer: IFIP International Federation for Information Processing. (doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-45234-0_60).