• Helena Hansen
Speciale, Kandidatuddannelsen
Adolescence is a time of immense emotional and physical changes. During its teenage years the child is growing increasingly independent, and consequently withdraws from the rest of the family in order to form its own individual identity. In recent years digital media and social network sites have come to occupy a central place in the lives of contemporary youths. Young people today primarily use social media and network sites to connect with friends and peers, as well as a form of self-presentation. Much of the public discourse regarding youth, identity and social network sites has taken on a fearful perspective.
The aim of this thesis is therefore to understand the digital lives of today’s youths, along with their identity development on a daily-life basis. This thesis examines the following question: How do youths express and construct their identity through self-presentation on social network sites?
This thesis has a hermeneutic approach to answer this question, and the empirical data consists of research papers and articles, which deal with the issue of youth, identity, social media and social network sites. The theoretical basis for the thesis is Erving Goffman’s dramaturgical analysis, along with Erik Erikson’s eight stages of psychosocial development. The thesis concludes that the social context and youth’s self-presentation on social network sites often are in honor of friends and peers, because of their important role in each other’s lives during the turbulent time of adolescence. Identity construction is expressed through the interaction between the media, the backstage, the audience, and the audience’s interpretation of the self-presentation.
Udgivelsesdato4 aug. 2015
Antal sider75
Udgivende institutionDet informationsvidenskabelige akademi, Københavns Universitet


  • sociale netværkssider, unge, selviscenesættelse, identitet