School of Communication Studies to Host Research Colloquium on Privacy Management and Social Networking Sites

April 14 event postponed. To be rescheduled for Fall 2017.

Erin Hollenbaugh, Ph.D., associate professor and program coordinator for the School of Communication Studies (COMM) at Kent State Stark, will lead COMM’s third spring colloquium Friday, April 14, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Rm. 109 of the Art Building,

In the session, entitled “Privacy management and social networking sites: A case of the second digital generation,” Hollenbaugh will present research findings from a mixed-method study she conducted last year. She will briefly explain some reasons we should most closely examine differences within the large group of digital natives.

“The first digital generation (1DG) were born in the 1980s and have more comfortability with communication technologies given their advancements during their formative years,” Hollenbaugh said. “However, there are differences between 1DG and members of the second digital generation (2DG), born in the 1990s and more engaged with the social side of the internet than their predecessors.”

The discussion will explore the privacy concerns of 2DG in their use of Facebook and Snapchat. Variables of interest in network (audience) size and diversity, privacy concerns and privacy management strategies.

All research colloquium presentations are free and open to the public. Individuals unable to attend the presentation in-person can watch via live-stream.

The School of Communication Studies Research Colloquium Series provides an opportunity for faculty and graduate students to foster intellectual and collaborative discussions and stay informed about current research efforts. The next session in the series, “Celebrity social media and parasocial relationships: The role of social presence” will be presented by COMM assistant professor Jihyun Kim, Ph.D., on Friday, May 5.

Additional details about the colloquium series are available at For more information or consideration for a future colloquium, contact COMM Assistant Professor Aaron Bacue at

POSTED: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 10:32am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:32pm
Mikala Lugen