• Posting selfies and body image in young adult women: The selfie paradox.

      Grogan, Sarah; Rothery, Leonie; Cole, Jenny; Hall, Matthew; Ulster University; University of Derby; Manchester Metropolitan University (Tarleton State University, 2018-06-01)
      This exploratory study was designed to investigate how young women make sense of their decision to post selfies, and perceived links between selfie posting and body image. Eighteen 19-22 year old British women were interviewed about their experiences of taking and posting selfies, and interviews were analysed using inductive thematic analysis. Women linked selfie posting to the “ideal” body, identity management, and body exposure; objectifying their own and others’ selfies, and trying to portray an image that was as close to “ideal” as possible. Women differentiated between their “unreal,” digitally manipulated online selfie identity and their “real” identity outside of Facebook and Instagram. Bodies were expected to be covered, and sexualised selfies were to be avoided. Results challenge conceptualisations of women as empowered and self-determined selfie posters; although women sought to control their image online, posting was constrained by postfeminist notions of what was considered socially appropriate to post.
    • Research consideration when investigating psychological factors and health-related issues in online contexts

      Hall, Matthew; Grogan, Sarah; University of Derby; Ulster University (Routledge, 2017-10-27)
      The last decade or so has seen a significant increase in internet usage. Nearly half of the world’s population now regularly access and communicate by computer-mediated communication channels - blogs, chat rooms, forums, MUDs (multi-user-domains), email, bulletin boards, video sites, audio sites, text chat, social networking, instant messaging and so on. One of the more popular online platforms is the online forum where people discuss topics, access and provide information, give and receive advice and talk about their experiences. Analysing discussion data provides researchers with an opportunity to understand psychological factors and health-related issues. In this chapter we discuss the theoretical, methodological and ethical considerations in undertaking this type of research; providing examples of discourse analysis in action.
    • Written evidence submitted to the House of Commons select committee: The Women and Equalities Committee 'Sexual harassment of women and girls in public places inquiry'.

      Hall, Matthew; Hearn, Jeff; University of Derby; Ulster University; Hanken School of Economics; University of Huddersfield; Örebro University; University of South Africa (Parliament UK, 2018-05-13)
      Written evidence submitted to the House of Commons select committee: The Women and Equalities Committee ‘Sexual harassment of women and girls in public places inquiry’ by: Dr Matthew Hall & Professor Jeff Hearn