It's the Methodology For Me: A Systematic Review of Early Approaches to Studying TikTok

Shaheen Kanthawala, Kelley Cotter, Kali Foyle, Julia R. DeCook

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Abstract

Research on TikTok has grown along with the app's rapidly rising global popularity. In this systematic review, we investigate 58 articles examining TikTok, its users, and its content. Focusing on articles published in journals and proceedings across the domains of human-computer interaction, communication, and other related disciplines, we analyze the methods being used to study TikTok, as well as ethical considerations. Based on our analysis, we found that research on TikTok tends to use content analysis as their primary method and mainly focus on user behavior and culture, effects of use, the platform's policies and governance, and very few articles discuss the ethical implications of collecting and analyzing such data. Additionally, most studies employ traditional forms of data collection when the affordances of TikTok tend to differ from other social media platforms. We conclude with a discussion about possible future directions and contribute to ongoing conversations about ethics and social media data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 55th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2022
EditorsTung X. Bui
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages3105-3121
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780998133157
StatePublished - 2022
Event55th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2022 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Jan 3 2022Jan 7 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Volume2022-January
ISSN (Print)1530-1605

Conference

Conference55th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period1/3/221/7/22

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering

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