Gore, Megan Christine
Eastern Michigan University, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2018. 10787370.
After synthesis of the data and development of the emergent themes, the core of how female college students are experiencing social networking to connect with others materialized. The emergent themes were: • Connection happens on multiple levels and is used to maintain existing relationships; • Construction of shared meaning through virtual symbols; • Shapes self-value/self-worth; • Evokes feelings, both good and bad; • And wanting to be heard and understood.