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Bedrooms and Beyond: Youth, Identity and Privacy on Social Network Sites

Hodkinson, P (2015) Bedrooms and Beyond: Youth, Identity and Privacy on Social Network Sites NEW MEDIA & SOCIETY.

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Abstract

This article considers young people’s identities and privacy on social network sites through reflection on the analogy of the teenage bedroom as a means to understand such spaces. The notion therein of intimate personal space may jar with the scope and complexity of social media and, particularly, with recent emphasis on the challenges to privacy posed by such environments. I suggest, however, that, through increased use of access controls and a range of informal strategies, young people’s everyday digital communication may not be as out of control as is sometimes inferred. Recent adaptations of the bedroom analogy indicate that social network sites retain intimacy and that their individual-centred format continues to facilitate the exhibition and mapping of identities. Although an awkward fit, I suggest the bedroom may still help us think through how social network sites can function as vital personal home territories in the midst of multi-spatial patterns of sociability.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
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Hodkinson, PUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 22 September 2015
Identification Number : 10.1177/1461444815605454
Additional Information : Copyright The Author(s) 2015. Published by Sage Publications
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 30 Oct 2015 18:30
Last Modified : 30 Oct 2015 18:30
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/809096

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