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The Parent AppUnderstanding Families in the Digital Age$
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Lynn Schofield Clark

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199899616

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199899616.001.0001

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Identity 2.0

Identity 2.0

Young People and Digital and Mobile Media

(p.75) Chapter 4 Identity 2.0
The Parent App

Lynn Schofield Clark

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, we learn more about how young people experience parental approaches to digital and mobile media. As they get older, young people increasingly desire respect and connection from their peers, and they seek these through self-expression that's enabled with digital and mobile media. Young people need to learn how much to reveal about themselves online in order to seem accessible, and how much to withhold so as not to come across as needy and insecure. They need to figure out how to reveal something of themselves so that others they care about will recognize and acknowledge them, while also discovering how much to rely on popular culture to define themselves; and, finally, they need to figure out how to present themselves as engaged in certain pursuits, like gaming or academics, without alienating themselves from peer cultures that do not offer support for such practices.

Keywords:   Kaiser family foundation study, identity-construction, mythic, Neopets, Facebook, interpretive reproduction, Erving Goffman, impression management, Sherry Turkle, individualism, narcissism

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