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Facebook Live: A mixed-methods approach to explore individual live streaming practices and motivations on Facebook

Facebook Live: A mixed-methods approach to explore individual live streaming practices and motivations on Facebook

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In April 2016, Facebook launched Facebook Live. Yet, how and why people stream on Facebook Live is poorly understood. Guided by the uses and gratifications theory, we analyzed public, individual live stream videos on Facebook Live (N = 1118) from the USA, Europe and Asia and applied a questionnaire to Facebook Live users (N = 246) in the USA. We found 14 different live streaming practices, the two most common of which were chatting with random people (seen in 48% of the videos) and demonstrations of skills (seen in 10% of the videos). We also identified live streaming sessions that were problematic and challenged Facebook guidelines. From the questionnaire, we revealed that the most important motivations are (i) socializing with family and friends (reported by 38%), (ii) sharing opinions and experiences (reported by 16%) and (iii) entertainment/fun (reported by 15%). Our findings offer insight into the various personal incentives that drive people to stream on Facebook Live and thus contribute to an understanding of the social implications of a new mode of mediated interaction.
Oppdragsgiver
  • EU / FP7-610928
  • Norges forskningsråd / 262848
Språk
Engelsk
Institusjon(er)
  • SINTEF Digital / Software and Service Innovation
  • Universitetet i Oslo
År
2020
Publisert i
Interacting with computers
ISSN
0953-5438