About the Author
Sean is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Murray State University. Sean Rife’s work focuses on technology and relationships, and the role social media use plays in influencing psychosocial outcomes. Specifically, Rife is interested in social support processes as they occur in different venues (online, through social network services, and in more traditional contexts), and how individual-level and situational factors influence support seeking behavior. Additionally, Rife is developing tools to apply linguistic analyses commonly used in psychological research to large datasets (so-called “big data”), particularly Facebook and Twitter status updates.