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User Experiences of Modern Spirituality Applications : Navigating Personal Relationships

Queins, M.C.M. (2023) User Experiences of Modern Spirituality Applications : Navigating Personal Relationships.

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Abstract:Modern spirituality (New Age) is becoming an important theme in research as a spiritual orientation can support people to cope with physical and psychological difficulties. However, knowledge of the role of the relatively new spirituality apps in people's lives is limited, as most research is based on defining spirituality and its beneficial implications for one's health. This qualitative thesis study analyses how people use modern spiritual apps regarding their social relationships by examining user experiences. This thesis presents the results of a Thematic Analysis by Braun and Clarke (2006) of 23 interview transcripts. Five broad themes were created that represent the different views of participants on their app use concerning their social connections. The most common theme was "Using social comparison to make connections". The apps are mainly used as self-help or learning tools and support users in making connections with other people, provide support to deal with difficult situations, and help them reach increased self-awareness and understand their emotions. However, the negative sides of these apps, such as users not questioning the app's content, confirmation bias or increased negative feelings, are examined. The thesis extended previous research by providing insight into implications and recommendations for future research.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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