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The Depths of Shallow Networks

Conference paper
Authors Ylva Hård af Segerstad
Mathias Klang
Published in Internet Research 14.0: Resistance and Appropriation, The Fourteenth International Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers
Publication year 2013
Published at The Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction, and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS)
Department of Applied Information Technology (GU)
Language en
Keywords parental grief, coping, networks, mourning, death
Subject categories Other Humanities


Parental grief has been recognized as the most intense and overwhelming of all griefs and research has shown that bereaved parents’ need to talk about their late child continues over an extended period of time. New understandings of parental grief focus on continuing bonds and holding on, which often counteracts with cultural norms and expectations by society. Results from a pilot-study, with the aim of gaining insight into the use of Facebook as a tool for learning to cope with death, grief and mourning, support previous research which argue for a new understanding of grief. The technological affordances of online social networks support and give access to the exchange of experience with other grieving parents in ways that begin to fill an evident need for the bereaved, allowing for profound use of what is often perceived as shallow networks.

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