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HBTQ-personers användning av sociala medier
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies.
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
LGBTQ people and their use of social media (English)
Abstract [sv]

Sverige har en lagstiftning där alla har lika värda oavsett sexualitet. Samhällsattityden mot HBTQ-personer kan dock fortfarande innehålla fördomar och diskriminering. Sociala medier kan möjligtvis uppfylla en viktig funktion hos HBTQ-personer där de får utrymme och tillfälle att organisera sig med likasinnade och utveckla en känsla av samhörighet och välbefinnande. Med skriftliga öppna frågor besvarade de fem informanterna frågorna. Studiens fokus låg på informanternas upplevelse av fenomenet sociala medier och dess betydelse för dem. Resultaten analyserades med hjälp av IPA. I analysen framträdde 5 teman: (1) Kontaktsökande och delaktighet på sociala medier, (2) Uttrycksmöjligheter på sociala medier, (3) Samhällets förväntningar, (4) Sociala mediers betydelse för HBTQ-världen och (5) Sociala fördelar och nackdelar med sociala medier. I studiens resultat framkom det att sociala medier påverkar och bidrar till HBTQ-personers liv. Även om det finns vissa brister och risker med användningen av sociala medier så upplever studiens informanter att sociala medier påverkat deras och andras liv positivt. Studien utgör därmed ett bidrag till forskningen om HBTQ-personers användande av sociala medier.

Abstract [en]

Sweden has a law where everyone has equal worth, regardless of sexuality. Societal attitudes towards LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and queer) people may however still contain prejudice and discrimination. Social media can possibly fulfill an important function for LGBTQ people where they get the space and opportunity to organize themselves with peers and develop a sense of belonging and wellbeing. The five informants of the study answered written open-ended questions. The study's focus was the informants' experiences of social media and its importance to them. Results were analyzed using IPA. In the analysis five themes appeared: (1) Contact seeking and participation on social media, (2) Expressive opportunities of social media, (3) Society's expectations, (4) Social media's importance for the LGBTQ world, and (5) Social benefits and drawbacks of social media. The results of the study revealed that social media influences and contributes to LGBTQ people's life. Although there are some shortcomings and risks of using social media, the informants' of the study experienced that social media has influenced their own and others' lives positively. The study thus represents a contribution to research on LGBTQ people using social media.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 20 p.
Keyword [en]
LGBTQ, social media, organization
Keyword [sv]
HBTQ, sociala medier, organization
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-7504Local ID: PSK500, PSE500OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-7504DiVA: diva2:802505
Subject / course
Psychology
Educational program
Psykologi
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Available from: 2015-04-21 Created: 2015-04-13 Last updated: 2015-04-21Bibliographically approved

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