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The relationship between adolescents’ personality characteristics and online self-presentation

Graaf, M.M.A. de (2011) The relationship between adolescents’ personality characteristics and online self-presentation.

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Abstract:Adolescents currently grow up with new media, intertwining these in their daily lives. Identity development is a main task of adolescence and new media provide possibilities for self-presentation. Recent research on personal homepages and social media show that these platforms are often used tools for adolescents to perform presentations of self. However, research on the factors that determine the specific form of self-presentation and the extent of self-disclosure online are still scarce. This paper describes how aspects of online self-presentation are influenced by adolescents’ personality characteristics. The relation between narcissism, self-efficacy with regard to self-presentation, extroversion and conscientiousness and online self-presentation have been investigated with content analysis of social network profiles from 68 adolescents. Narcissists are more likely to have a visible face on their profile picture.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
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