Identitet og Smartphones

Sebastian Rasch Jakobsen, Alexander Leicht Rygaard, Christoffer Dall, Saher Amir, Aske Sparrebro, Bianca Lindegaard & Anne-Christine Engstrøm

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project examines the smartphone as a technological object and the different use hereof by middle and late adolescents in this present time of postmodernism. Furthermore the term identity is being connected to smartphones and how it affects the formation of personal identity. The term identity is explained by preselected theorists Kenneth J. Gergen, Jean-Paul Sartre and Sherry Turkle who share different views on the subject. By focus group interviews empirical data is produced and combined with the views of the previously mentioned theorists in an analysis. Throughout analysis of these interviews it is clarified how young individuals use smartphones in their everyday life and how it arguably affects their identity and social relations. Subsequently a discussion is raised on the main points of the project, including different layers of identity, differences between interactive-based communications and face-to-face relations and the discussion whether smartphones and their functions are artificially fabricated needs or merely an expansion of natural human ones. It is then concluded that the smartphone in different ways and on different levels affects its’ young users, their environment and perception of relations. Finally the expansion and use of smartphones is put into perspective by looking at the effects on the younger generations and their parents. Furthermore a perspective of the future implications is offered.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato17 dec. 2013
VejledereJanni Berthou Hermansen


  • Smartphones
  • iPhone
  • Alone together
  • The saturated Self
  • Social Relations
  • Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Everyday Life
  • Kenneth J. Gergen
  • Sherry Turkle
  • Identity