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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Social Media Breaks (Pt.1)

Over the past decade, many articles and books that lament our dwindling attention spans and propensity for multi-tasking have appeared on the scholarly landscape. Popular examples of this genre include Nicolas Carr's The Shallows: What the Internet has been doing to our brains, Sherry Turkle's Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other and William Powers' Hamlet's Blackberry: Building A Good Life In The Digital Age.

Criticism of the internet, mobile devices, and social media often include the following points:

  •  Hopping from task to task on mobile devices has lessened our attention span. This makes it more difficult to do challenging cognitive tasks that require deep concentration.
  • Staying online for large parts of the day has impaired our ability to communicate effectively with each other in real life. Not only that, it encourages multi-tasking, which is stressful and inefficient, while giving you the illusion of accomplishing more.
  • Internet and social media content is designed to grab your attention for a few seconds before you move on to the next thing. It favors surface arguments and unchecked facts rather than deep knowledge of a subject.

The second point above is often cited as a reason for people to go on what's called a "digital detox", where they stay completely off-line, including mobile phones. Some might ditch mobile phones but use laptops or desktops as part of their job. Some of these people eliminate only their use of social media for a pre-determined period of time, such a week, a month, or longer. This is often referred to as going on a social media "break", "vacation", or "detox."

                                                                  Image found on Pixabay.com (no attribution required).

The phrase social media break pulls up over 111,000,000 results on Google. Benefits are said to include more free time, and improved relationships with others.  According to Pew Internet Research, in 2015 almost 65% of American adults said they used social media (versus a mere 7% in 2005).

Here's a quick mini-quiz to see if you qualify for a social media break.

     1.  You find out that your electricity is going to be out, starting in 1 hour, for the next day  and a half. Your first thought?

       a.  Are my family members/friends OK?

       b.  What am I going to do about food/heat/air-conditioning?

       c.  Well, that's inconvenient but I guess I'll survive.

       d. No (social media network of your choice)? My life is over.

     2.  You make a new friend. When you ask to friend or follow them on your favorite social media platform, they gently inform you that they are not on any social networks. None, nada, zero, zip, zilch. Your reaction?

       a.  "...."

       b.  That's not funny.

       c. Wow, that's kinda cool. Good for you.

       d.  I could never do that.

If you picked "D" for either 1 or 2, you might be in need of a social media sabbatical.  You can always start small by eliminating one social media network for a day. You might be pleasantly surprised.

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The Texas Social Media Research Institute (TSMRI) is a group of faculty, staff, and students at Tarleton State University with a mission of conducting social media research; sharing social media best practices; and providing social media education for students, non-profit organizations, state agencies, school districts, and higher education institutions.


Contact us:
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Follow Us on Twitter - @TSMRI
Call Us - 254-307-8211
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Monday, April 24, 2017

How the Social Media Coach Experience Helped Executive Coach - Aissa Martinez


TSMRI has taught me many of the essential skills I need to land a job. TSMRI is an experience all students in the communications department and the marketing department can benefit from. Not one but a few different ALE credits can be completed through TSMRI as well as getting class credit for an upper level elective. The in-depth social media training we receive can be used in any job market.


TSMRI taught me analytics, marketing, public relations, networking, and professional social media etiquette. Not only did I learn these skills, but I had to opportunity to carry them out on many occasions. I have traveled to many conferences that brought experience and networking. In addition to that, I also got hands on experience with event management and marketing with the planning of the TSMRI annual conference.

Skills Learned While Completing the TSMRI Internship
Networking
How to network
Networking with people from all backgrounds
Marketing
Public Relations
Professionalism
Travel
Multicultural Initiatives
Business and analytics
Small business marketing skills
Higher education
Social media etiquette
Research



Here's the link to the TSMRI Application - http://www.tinyurl.com/TSMRIInternship

My favorite experience was traveling to the Southern States Communication Association conference in South Carolina to share our TSMRI experiences with others. After our presentation there were graduate schools approaching us instead of us approaching them which really shows the power of what we do.


LinkedIn
Here's a link to Aissa's LinkedIn Profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/aissa-martinez-615b51110

Twitter
Also, follow Aissa on Twitter - @martinezaissa

The Texas Social Media Research Institute (TSMRI) is a group of faculty, staff, and students at Tarleton State University with a mission of conducting social media research; sharing social media best practices; and providing social media education for students, non-profit organizations, state agencies, school districts, and higher education institutions.



Contact us:
Texas Social Media Research Institute
Follow Us on Twitter - @TSMRI
Call Us - 254-307-8211
Join Us for Our #TXSocialMedia Weekly Twitter Chats on Thursday Nights at 8pm CDT
texassocialmediaresearch@gmail.com

How the Social Media Coach Experience Helped Executive Coach - Jeff Nwidobie


Jeffery is an engineering student but he also loves social media. One day, a mysterious email appears in his inbox. Now, Jeffery did not know there was a social media research organization on campus. There were many organizations on campus but none of them appealed to Jeff, well up until then. TSMRI was different.



Here's the link to the TSMRI Application - http://www.tinyurl.com/TSMRIInternship

In 5 minutes, he submitted his application and waited. Some days pass by, and then another email, this time not so mysterious. Jeff went in for the interview and was amazed at the exceptional organizational culture he witnessed. That day, Jeff the engineering student decided to be a part of TSMRI. You won't believe what happens next.


Spring break is approaching. Jeff has nothing planned until he gets wind of Dr. Edwards' plan. Study abroad for spring break? That's a first. Wait, on a ship? Even better. It won't cost me a fortune plus I get a scholarship? Sign me up! That year, Jeff and his TSMRI team went on a study abroad cruise. They had fun but no too much of it, they were here to learn.


Later that year, Jeff and his TSMRI family wrote a research paper which they got to present at the National Communications Association convention in Philadelphia. The next year, TSMRI got to tell their study abroad experience at the Southern States Communication Association conference in South Carolina. Jeffery the engineering student loves TSMRI and hopes it becomes the 'Ferrari' of all organizations someday but for now he'll settle for a Tesla.

LinkedIn
Here's a link to Jeff's LinkedIn Profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffnwidobie
Currently, Jeff's is the top Tarleton State University student on LinkedIn.

Twitter
Also, follow Jeff on Twitter - @calme_jeff 

The Texas Social Media Research Institute (TSMRI) is a group of faculty, staff, and students at Tarleton State University with a mission of conducting social media research; sharing social media best practices; and providing social media education for students, non-profit organizations, state agencies, school districts, and higher education institutions.



Contact us:
Texas Social Media Research Institute
Follow Us on Twitter - @TSMRI
Call Us - 254-307-8211
Join Us for Our #TXSocialMedia Weekly Twitter Chats on Thursday Nights at 8pm CDT
texassocialmediaresearch@gmail.com

Passionate about Social Media? Want to Start Your Own Business? Become a Social Media Coach with @TSMRI


Tarleton Students - The Texas Social Media Research Institute (@TSMRI) has a few openings for Social Media Coaches. Coaches will learn about social media technologies and how to conduct/research the effectiveness of social media campaigns, present at research conferences, and will have opportunities to study abroad! Interviews - 4/27/17 at Noon.

Here's the link to the application: http://www.tinyurl.com/tsmriinternship/

Through the Social Media Coach Internship, you will gain the following experiences:
- Social Media Analytics Training
- Video Editing Experience
- Social Media Campaigns
- Scheduling Social Media Posts
- Developing Your Own Social Media Research Study
- Presenting at National and Regional Conferences
- Study Abroad Experiences
- Gain Social Media Mentors
- Network with Other Social Media Professionals

If you have any questions, please contact texassocialmediaresearch@gmail.com OR send a direct message to @drjtedwards.

Sincerely,

@TSMRI

The Texas Social Media Research Institute (TSMRI) is a group of faculty, staff, and students at Tarleton State University with a mission of conducting social media research; sharing social media best practices; and providing social media education for students, non-profit organizations, state agencies, school districts, and higher education institutions.

Contact us:
Texas Social Media Research Institute
Follow Us on Twitter - @TSMRI
Call Us - 254-307-8211
Join Us for Our #TXSocialMedia Weekly Twitter Chats on Thursday Nights at 8pm CDT
texassocialmediaresearch@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Do You Know How Teens and Tweens are Using Popular Social Media Apps?



Recently, we were contacted by Michaela, a digital coach from Xooloo, about an article she wrote about teens and digital habits. This article was very interesting and we wanted to share with all of our readers.

Here were some key highlights from the article:
- Over 90% of teens (ages 13-17) access the internet each day.
- When teens are completing their homework assignments, many of them perform many functions at one time.

*In addition, the article shares digital app usage tips for parents of tweens and teens!

Check out their article here - https://www.xooloo.com/social-media-apps-teens-tweens-using/

About TSMRI - The Texas Social Media Research Institute (TSMRI) is a group of faculty, staff, and students at Tarleton State University with a mission of conducting social media research; sharing social media best practices; and providing social media education for students, non-profit organizations, state agencies, school districts, and higher education institutions.

Contact us:
Texas Social Media Research Institute
Follow Us on Twitter - @TSMRI
Call Us - 254-307-8211
Join Us for Our #TXSocialMedia Weekly Twitter Chats on Thursday Nights at 8pm CDT
texassocialmediaresearch@gmail.com

Monday, February 6, 2017

News Release - Journal names new associate editor

Dr. Amber Harris Bozer
Dr. Amber Harris Bozer
Harris Bozer named Associate Editor of
The Journal of Social Media in Society


The Journal of Social Media in Society (JSMS) is proud to announce that Dr. Amber L. Harris Bozer, assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, will become the journal’s first associate editor.

A product of the Texas Social Media Research Institute (TSMRI), the peer-reviewed JSMS launched its first issue in 2012, and its success and growth has led to the need for an addition to the editorial team.

The founding editors, Dr. Sarah Maben, Communication Studies, and Dr. Credence Baker, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Assistant Graduate Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, started the journal to give authors a place to publish cutting edge research devoted to social media and mobile technology.

“Dr. Harris Bozer brings her methodological strengths and research savvy to our leadership team,” Maben said. “We have always been a multi-disciplinary effort and are excited to expand to include her psychology and neuroscience background.”

Harris Bozer joined the Department of Psychological Sciences at Tarleton State University in January of 2014. She teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, primarily in the biological psychology areas. Her EEG lab investigates how chronic pain is processed in the brain. In addition to her neuroscience research, she has been involved in teaching-as-research projects. She is also the parliamentarian for the Faculty Senate, and previously served as a reviewer for The JSMS.

A Tarleton alumna, Harris Bozer received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Social Work in 2008. She obtained a Master of Science in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Experimental Psychology from Tarleton in 2010, and her Master of Science in Health Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2013. She earned her doctorate from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2015 and specialized in Neuroscience.

The JSMS recognized by Katz
The Journal of Social Media in Society has been listed as a highly recommended title (K+) in the 2016 edition of Katz’s Magazines for Libraries.

The journal boasts more than 60 reviewers from institutions across the globe and Tarleton State. Almost 300 manuscripts have been submitted in the journal’s history, with many from international authors.

The latest issue published at the end of 2016, with articles about athletes using Twitter, the citizen framing of #Ferguson, self-monitoring on Facebook, social media usage during working hours, social media as a screening mechanism for job applicants, and obesity discourse on The Biggest Loser’s Facebook page. The journal is an open access publication, located at http://thejsms.org.

The Journal of Social Media in Society is one of the handful of academic journals based at Tarleton State, and is supported financially by TSMRI, the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and the College of Education.

About TSMRI
The Texas Social Media Research Institute (TSMRI) is a group of faculty, staff, and students at Tarleton State University with a mission of conducting social media research; sharing social media best practices; and providing social media education for students, non-profit organizations, state agencies, school districts, and higher education institutions.

Contact us:
Texas Social Media Research Institute
Follow Us on Twitter - @TSMRI
Call Us - 254-307-8211
Join Us for Our #TXSocialMedia Weekly Twitter Chats on Thursday Nights at 8pm CDT
texassocialmediaresearch@gmail.com

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Social Media Research: JSMS Vol. 5, No. 3

The latest issue of The Journal of Social Media in Society is out, with cutting edge international research about athletes on Twitter, #Ferguson, social media in the workplace and in hiring decisions, The Biggest Loser, and social media and politics. Read the entire issue here: http:thejsms.org.

Cover Image for Journal

Vol. 5, No. 3 Table of Contents

Brandi Watkins & Regina Lewis

Mia Moody-Ramirez,  Gabriel B. Tait, Ceeon Smith, Lillie Fears, & Brenda Randle

Pavica Sheldon

Jayeon Lee & Raymond J. Pingree

Johanna Gunnlaugsdottir

Delonia Cooley & Rochelle Parks-Yancy

Veronica Hefner, Allen Levy, Jessica Au, Frances Naude, Zashya Nitzkowski, Kevin Chang, Rachel-Jean Firchau, & Maxwell Mirman

Sarah Gray & Courtney Szto

Andrew Herrmann

Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, Maria Fernanda Machuca, & Ruth Ann Ragland

Sohail Dahdal

Or search our archives for articles.If you'd like to submit a manuscript, you can register as an author, and upload your work.

We'd like to extend our thanks to the many reviewers who make the journal a possibility, and our financial supporters: Texas Social Media Research Institute (TSMRI), Tarleton State University's College of Liberal and Fine Arts, and Tarleton's Graduate School.

The Texas Social Media Research Institute (TSMRI) is a group of faculty, staff, and students at Tarleton State University with a mission of conducting social media research; sharing social media best practices; and providing social media education for students, non-profit organizations, state agencies, school districts, and higher education institutions.

Contact us:
Texas Social Media Research Institute
Follow Us on Twitter - @TSMRI
Call Us - 254-307-8211
Join Us for Our #TXSocialMedia Weekly Twitter Chats on Thursday Nights at 8pm CDT
texassocialmediaresearch@gmail.com



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