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The Experience Project

Method

Understanding Emotional Support in a Digital Age

• Identified recent posts in Dating & Relationship Experiences

• Added users to our “Circle” • Sent private message

Group 18: Jennifer Call, Haley Conover, Shannon Daniels

containing survey

• Survey was composed of 6

likert-scale and 6 open-ended questions

• Results were analyzed

qualitative and quantitatively

Results

The Experience Project

EP: Experience Project ES: Emotional Support

The EP Provides More ES*

“ G row i n g , l e a r n i n g , e d u c a t i n g a n d s u p p o r t i n g p e o p l e e a c h a n d ev e r y d a y.” 12

Founded in 2006, the Experience Project is a community where

Anonymity is highly variable with some members providing

little besides their experiences, while others choose to share gender, birthday, heritage, pictures, etc. The

website has accrued over 34 million posts

profile since its

launch.

St r A on gr gl ee y

The EP Provides Different ES* 16 8 0

The EP has Helped me Though an Experience

St r A on gr gl ee y

selecting “me too”.

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St D ron is g ag ly re

categorized and anyone with an internet connection can read and anyone who is registered can post. Interactions range from generating content, responding to others publicly, privately (chat), or by

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St D ron is g ag ly re

users are defined by their experiences, rather than their profiles, providing users the freedom to post and respond to what matters most to them. Experiences are

* Than Offline

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Why do you EP?

Question Does the Experience Project provide emotional support for users that they would not receive outside of the virtual world?

There is two main reasons. First I do like to help people and give advice when I can. Second I do like to know that there is others that share my quirks.

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The Average Daily Poster Feels that the EP ✓Gives more ES ✓Provides different ES ✓Helped them through an experience

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St D ron is g ag ly re

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digital interactions and emotional health in light of high-profile examples of detachment, fanaticism and fatal emotional trauma inflicted through online communities. What draws people online and what would it mean if digital platforms could effectively support emotional health?

To understand

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•Always available •Anonymous •Empathetic •Informative •Detached from physical interactions

Does the Experience Project provides emotional support for users that they would not receive outside of the virtual world?

✓Yes

For advice, to share stories and to read other people's experiences outside of my own life.

Maybe people here are more serious than sarcastic than facebook or twitter

The Average Weekly Poster Feels that the EP ✓Gives more ES ✓Provides different ES XHad no notable impact on an experience

The Experience Project provides support that is:

St r A on gr gl ee y

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Motivation

Conclusion

The Average Monthly Poster Feels that the EP ✓Gives the same or more ES ✓Provides different ES ✓Helped them through an experience

Way to pass time, and observe the way other people think.

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The Average Less Than Monthly Poster Feels that the EP XGives more or less ES ✓Provides different ES ✓Helped them through an experience

Online Communities Research Poster  

Visual representation of data collected following a study of virtual emotional support on the Experience Project.

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