& Study Designs
Through an extensive literature review and cross-disciplinary theoretical approaches, I identified gaps and potential avenues in my research, focusing on the influence of content and anonymous participation within online fandom communities. To delve deeper into these areas, I proposed three study designs. This project was undertaken as a component of my PhD dissertation at Purdue University.
Compilation of results from literature on anonymous participation in online communities, centered on core concepts and understanding how content plays a role in all these
Drawing from the Cognitive Valence Theory and Hyperpersonal Model, this study seeks to reveal the processes fostering robust bonds within online fandoms. It centers on the BTS community, characterized by its deep sense of belonging, close connections, and a safe environment for vulnerability. This dynamic is influenced by the narrative content shared within the community.