Ceciley Zhang

Graduate Student


Media Affordance, Human-Machine Communication


Ceciley (Xinyi) Zhang (B.A., Beijing Normal University; M.A., University of Oklahoma) is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication at UCSB.

Her research focuses on media affordance and technology-induced stress. On the first pillar of her research interests, she questions what properties spanning across different media contribute to technology adoption and use, through the perspective of media affordance. The second pillar concentrates on users' copying strategies against technology-related frustrations--how different types of frustrations influence future usage and how inequality in coping abilities potentially interacts with digital inequality.