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Playful Backstalking and Serious Impression Management: How Young Adults Reflect on their Past Identities on Facebook

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Playful Backstalking and Serious Impression Management: How Young Adults Reflect on their Past Identities on Facebook
Parents, educators, and policymakers have expressed concern about the future implications of young people’s sharing practices on social media sites. However, little is known about how young people themselves feel about their online behaviors being preserved and resurfaced later in adulthood. We conducted semi-structured interviews with 28 college-going, primarily female, young adults about their use of social media and their transition from adolescence into young adulthood. We find that participants recognize archival value in their own Facebook histories, despite sometimes perceiving these histories to be embarrassing. They experience tensions between meeting their current self-presentational goals and maintaining the authenticity of historical content. To reconcile these tensions, they engage in retrospective impression management practices, such as curating past content. They also engage in “backstalking” behaviors, in which they view and engage with other users’ Facebook h...
Sarita Yardi Schoenebeck, Nicole B. Ellison, Linds
Added 01 Apr 2016
Updated 01 Apr 2016
Type Journal
Year 2016
Where CSCW
Authors Sarita Yardi Schoenebeck, Nicole B. Ellison, Lindsay Blackwell, Joseph B. Bayer, Emily B. Falk
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