An 'open source' networked identity. On young people's construction and co-construction of identity on social network sites

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Abstract

This chapter examines the concept of identity in relation to youth practices on social network sites (SNSs). The chapter illustrates how writing “I love you” or other emotional statements on each other’s profiles on SNSs is not only a common way for Danish teenagers to communicate and practice friendship, but also an important part of their self-presentation online. It examines why these emotional statements are almost always publicly available – or even strategically and intentionally placed on the young people’s profiles. In relation to this, it is argued that young people – through their emotional communicative actions – are not only staging their own identity, but are co-constructors of each other’s identities, which the author characterises as an “open source”, networked identity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYouth 2.0: Social Media and Adolescence : Connecting, Sharing and Empowering
EditorsMichel Walrave, Koen Ponnet, Ellen Vanderhoven, Jacques Haers, Barbara Segaert
Number of pages19
Volume1
PublisherSpringer
Publication date4 May 2016
Edition1
Pages21-39
Chapter2
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-27891-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-27893-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2016

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