Impact of Reddit Discussions on Use or Abandonment of Wearables

Radhika Garg, Jenna Kim

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Abstract

Discussion platform, Reddit, is the third most visited website in the US. People can post their questions on this platform to get varying opinions from fellow users, which in turn might also influence their behavior and choices. Wearables are becoming widely adopted, yet challenges persist in their effective long term use because of technical and device related, or personal issues. Therefore, by employing sentiment analysis, this paper aims to analyze how decisions of use or abandonment of wearables are influenced by discussions on Reddit. The results are based on the analysis of 6680 posts and their associated 50,867 comments posted between December 2015 – December 2017 on the subreddit (user created groups) on android wear. Our results show that sentiment of the discussion is majorly dictated by the sentiment of the post itself, and people decide to continue using their devices when fellow Redditors offer them workarounds, or the discussion receives majority of positive or fact-driven neutral comments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInformation in Contemporary Society - 14th International Conference, iConference 2019, Proceedings
EditorsBonnie Nardi, Natalie Greene Taylor, Caitlin Christian-Lamb, Michelle H. Martin
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages444-455
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783030157418
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Event14th International Conference on Information in Contemporary Society, iConference 2019 - Washington, United States
Duration: Mar 31 2019Apr 3 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11420 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference14th International Conference on Information in Contemporary Society, iConference 2019
CountryUnited States
CityWashington
Period3/31/194/3/19

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Keywords

  • (Non-)use of technology
  • Reddit
  • Sentiment analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

Cite this

Garg, R., & Kim, J. (2019). Impact of Reddit Discussions on Use or Abandonment of Wearables. In B. Nardi, N. G. Taylor, C. Christian-Lamb, & M. H. Martin (Eds.), Information in Contemporary Society - 14th International Conference, iConference 2019, Proceedings (pp. 444-455). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 11420 LNCS). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-15742-5_43