Follower × Follower is an ongoing study of how Japanese men interact and/or hook up on social media, specifically Twitter.
A prime focus for the study is how male Twitter users interact with other men. While some are actively looking for “real”, others use the platform to find friends or express their personality and identity, whereas yet others browse profiles for pleasure without much interaction.
Especially using Twitter for dating is a relatively new practice that we don’t know much about. The study therefore aims to collect experiences from the users themselves, in order to better understand this emerging culture.
The results of the study may help to understand identity formation among a subset of Japanese men, as well as attitudes and behaviours in regards to safer sex practices.
About the researcher
My name is Karl Andersson. I am a master’s student in the Visual and Media Anthropology programme at Freie Universität Berlin, a German research university.
I am personally interested in the phenomena I study and participate actively on Twitter and other platforms.
This study is part of a course in Digital Anthropology, but might be extended outside that particular course. The results of my research will be presented in written as well as visual form (a film or similar).
About your participation
The core of my research consists of interviews with people I meet on Twitter.
The form of the interviews can range from an exchange of direct messages to longer Skype sessions or even meetings in person. As a participant in the study, it is entirely up to you to set a level of interaction that you are comfortable with.
By talking to me about yourself and your Twitter usage, you contribute important knowledge about this new culture, which we don’t know much about. Together we can get to know more about ourselves as humans in the digital world.
Keep in mind that participation is completely voluntary and that you are granted full anonymity.
Research participants who contribute more thoroughly to the study will be asked to read and sign a paper about informed consent.
I’d be very happy to be contacted by potential research participants and to answer questions about my research in general.
- Email: gap.ethnography ((AT)) gmail.com
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