The goal of this project is to examine the use of the social media Instagram amongst young girls, and what influence it has on their identity. The analysis is based on two focus group interviews of three girls aged 17-18. The first part of the project contains central theories in the psychological and sociological field of study, e.g. Erving Goffman and his concept of ‘frontstage’ and ‘backstage’. The second part is a detailed analysis of the interviews, where Potter and Wetherell’s ‘repertoire’ is used to describe the themes and discourses the girls present in the interviews, and how the theories presented in the first part of the project can be applied to the girls’ use of Instagram. The third part of the project discusses what influence Instagram has on young girls, how they stage themselves on social media and if there is such a thing as ‘several identities’ between real life and their life on Instagram. We have concluded, that young girls aged 17-18 are very aware of their presentation of self on social media. They deliberately pick and choose what goes on their Instagram profile, and when. Instagram influences the girls’ identity by giving them a disfigured image of what a typical teenager should look like and do, which is caused by the aforementioned selection of what goes on Instagram profiles amongst young girls. The idea of being able to have an Instagram identity and a real identity at the same time can be applied to any girl, who uses Instagram to promote the best moments of her life, but it can also be argued, that these two are merged, and we constantly act in the frontstage, due to modern society and the constant availability of social media.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis|
|Udgivelsesdato||21 dec. 2015|
|Vejledere||Sanne Margrethe de Fine Licht Raith|