My research is interdisciplinary and focuses on the intersection of new media and the life course, privacy, social capital, and friendship. Here are some recent projects:
Social Media Privacy Research Collective
This project explores privacy from the perspective of the user, leveraging a “framing in thought” approach to capture how users make sense of privacy in their social media use. Data were collected in several waves from social media users are being used to analyze user conceptualization of privacy, privacy attitudes, and privacy management behaviors.
Epstein, D. & Quinn, K. Markers of online privacy marginalization: Empirical examination of socioeconomic disparities in social media privacy attitudes, literacy, and behavior. Social Media + Society, 6(2), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305120916853
Quinn, K., Epstein, D. & Moon, B. (2019). We Care About Different Things: Non-Elite Conceptualizations of Social Media Privacy. Social Media + Society, 5(3). https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2056305119866008
Quinn, K. & Epstein, D. (2018). #MyPrivacy: How users think about social media privacy. Proceedings of SMSociety’18. July 18–20, 2018, Copenhagen. New York: ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/3217804.3217945
Comparative Privacy Research Network
The goal of this project is to create a sustainable framework for comparative privacy research across political, geographic and cultural boundaries.
The current cfp for the network’s next gathering may be found here.
Conversational Agents for Older Adult Well-Being
This project examines the feasibility of using a voice-controlled conversational agent device, such as a Google Nest Mini, to encourage physical activity and mindfulness. This project is being conducted in partnership with Mather Institute.
ActivityAssist: A Virtual Coach for Sedentary Older Adults
This project examines the feasibility of using a voice-controlled conversational agent device, such as a Google Home, to improve mobility among sedentary older adults. This project is funded through the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science.
Chin, J., Quinn, K., Muramatsu, N. & Marquez, D. (2020). A user study on the feasibility and acceptance of delivering physical activity programs to older adults through conversational agents. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 65.
Connected: Older Adults and Social Media
This project seeks to assess the relationship between social media use and social well being among older adults, >65 years. We employ a social media training workshop as an experimental intervention to establish the cognitive and social effects accorded to social media use. The project was funded by the Midwest Roybal Center for Health Promotion and Translation.
Quinn, K. (2019). Social media and social well-being in later life. Ageing & Society. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X19001570
Quinn, K. (2018). Cognitive effects of social media use: A case of older adults. Social Media + Society, 4(3). https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305118787203
Quinn, K., Smith-Ray, R. & Boulter, K. Concepts, terms, and mental maps: Everyday challenges to older adult social media adoption. In J. Zhou & G. Salvendy (Eds.), Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population. Healthy and Active Aging, Chapter 22. Berlin: Springer International Publishing. [email to request a copy]