All the World Wide Web’s a Stage: Teenage Girls’ Self-Presentation and Identities Formation Through Status Updates

Masters Thesis


Pozzi, Megan. 2014. All the World Wide Web’s a Stage: Teenage Girls’ Self-Presentation and Identities Formation Through Status Updates. Masters Thesis Master of Education (Research). Queensland University of Technology.
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All the World Wide Web’s a Stage: Teenage Girls’ Self-Presentation and Identities Formation Through Status Updates

TypeMasters Thesis
AuthorsPozzi, Megan
Supervisor
1. FirstGordon Tait
2. SecondProfessor Jo Lampert
3. ThirdSarah Davey Chesters
Institution of OriginQueensland University of Technology
Qualification NameMaster of Education (Research)
Number of Pages206
Year2014
PublisherQueensland University of Technology
Place of PublicationAustralia
Web Address (URL)https://eprints.qut.edu.au/69333/
AbstractThis study investigates grade eight girls’ use of status updates on Facebook in order to create identities online. Using sociologist Erving Goffman’s theory of self-presentation as a framework, Jones and Pittman’s subsequent strategies of self-presentation are used to discover the ways in which teenage girls use status updates in order to create identities online and manage audience impressions. Using a mixed methods design, the results showed that, while existing self-presentation strategies persist, social networking has created new means of self-presentation. This study adds to a growing pool of research regarding teens’ engagement with social networking websites to form identities.
KeywordsFacebook; Self-presentation; Identity; Teenagers; Girls
Contains Sensitive ContentDoes not contain sensitive content
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390203. Sociology of education
470102. Communication technology and digital media studies
Byline AffiliationsQueensland University of Technology
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