Photo of the Week: Social Media ‘on the go’: Examining the impact of age

Social Media 'on the go': Examining the impact of age

Social Media ‘on the go’: Examining the impact of age

Our next instalment of the ‘Photo of the Week’ series features a joint project between Dr Elvira Bolat and Harry Cutler-Smith, an postgraduate student from the Faculty of Management. The image is looking at social media ‘on the go’: examining the impact of age. The series is a weekly instalment which features an image taken by our fantastic BU staff and students. The photos give a glimpse into some of the fascinating work our researchers have been doing across BU and the wider community.

Dr Bolat’s research is looking at the generational gap on the adoption and use of social media.

Existing research on social media adoption has identified two generational groups, generation Y (aged 18-25) and generation X (aged 35-60).  However, there are no existing studies that have investigated the generational gap in the adoption and use of social media ‘on the go’. The team conducted a mixed study comprising of focus group discussion and a survey. The team found that generation X uses mobile social media just as much generation as Y. This has implications on advertising strategies and tactics businesses use on social media. Brands that target generation X should not neglect social media in their marketing and need to consider targeted timely content.

Businesses using social media need to have a planned approach to content development and assume that social media and mobile social media (e.g. Snapchat) is only for younger audience.

If you’d like find out more about the research or the photo itself then please contact Dr Bolat or Harry.

This photo was originally an entry to the 2017 Research Photography Competition. If you have any other questions about the Photo of the Week series or the competition please email