Can blogs empower women? Designing agency-enhancing and community-building interfaces

Carmen Stavrositu, S. Shyam Sundar

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Abstract

The much-touted empowerment potential of blogs is empirically examined in this study through an online survey of female bloggers (N = 340). Our findings indicate that by affording users either a strong sense of community, or a deep sense of agency, or both, blogging is indeed psychologically empowering to those undertaking it. This is part of an ongoing series of investigations into the empowerment potential of Web 2.0 interfaces for marginalized groups in society. Implications for design are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages2781-2786
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 8 2008
Event28th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Florence, Italy
Duration: Apr 5 2008Apr 10 2008

Other

Other28th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
CountryItaly
CityFlorence
Period4/5/084/10/08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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