Title

Permanently Desiring the Temporary? Snapchat, Social Media, and the Shifting Motivations of Sports Fans

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-2020

Department

Mass Communication and Journalism

Abstract

The social media application Snapchat has ascended rapidly, quickly becoming the third most utilized platform of millennials with a valuation as high as US$ 19 billion. A national survey of 125 respondents revealed that people using Snapchat to follow sports devote roughly the same amount of time to the platform as Facebook and more time than Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. Despite finding other platforms better for sport information seeking, relaxation, and interaction, respondents still reported using Snapchat as a main platform for facilitating sport fandom. Both sport fandom and identification bolstered likelihood of using Snapchat for sport-related interactions. Implications for communication and sport scholars and industry professionals are offered.

Publication Title

Communication and Sport

Volume

5

Issue

1

First Page

10

Last Page

26

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