Facebook rituals: Identifying rituals of social networking sites using structural ritualization theory

Darrell E. Bartholomew, Marlys J. Mason

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Abstract

This article applies structural ritualization theory (SRT) to identify different rituals and determine their importance in the daily lives of social networking sites (SNS) users, especially Facebook users. A mixed-methods approach of in-depth interviews and netnography viewed through the lens of SRT allowed us to identify and analyze the types of rituals users engaged in, and how these rituals impacted users and evolved over time. During customer journeys on the SNS of Facebook, users shared daily ritual practices in distinct behavioral stages. Production and consumption of these daily rituals are important to marketers in SNS platform design for building and maintaining connectivity between users and the SNS platform.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)142-150
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Consumer Behaviour
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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