“It's Just a Lot of Work”: Adolescents' Self-Presentation Norms and Practices on Facebook and Instagram
PhD student Joanna Yau and Associate Professor Stephanie Reich have published in the Journal of Research on Adolescence: "'It's Just a Lot of Work': Adolescents' Self-Presentation Norms and Practices on Facebook and Instagram."
Yau, J., & Reich, S. M. (February 2018). “It's just a lot of work”: Adolescents' self-presentation norms and practices on Facebook and Instagram. Journal of Research on Adolescence. DOI: 10.1111/jora.12376
We explored adolescents' (12- to 18-year-olds; n = 51) awareness of their audience and subsequent self-presentation practices on Facebook and Instagram through focus group discussions. Findings suggest that teens, who are developmentally able to perceive a situation from the third-person perspective and who value peer approval, purposefully share content to appear interesting, well liked, and attractive. Some teens invested great effort into posting by these norms, even asking their friends to help; however, this was more common among girls. Older teens especially discussed taking the perspective of their audience when deciding what to post, which is consistent with the finding that perspective taking continues to develop throughout adolescence. These findings suggest that perspective taking skills and need for peer approval influence self-presentation online.