ERIC Number: EJ1008028
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
The Fronts Students Use: Facebook and the Standardization of Self-Presentations
Birnbaum, Matthew G.
Journal of College Student Development, v54 n2 p155-171 Mar-Apr 2013
This empirical study explored the impression management techniques and standardized performances college students use on their Facebook profiles to ensure their peers believe they are fully participating in the undergraduate experience. Employing an ethnographic research design and data collected using participant-observation and interview methods, I considered the texts and images that appear repeatedly on Facebook profiles from a dramaturgical framework. I found that participants in this study identified at least 6 standardized fronts that students use to help ensure they give peers the impression of conforming to appropriate undergraduate norms.
Descriptors: Social Networks, Web Sites, College Students, Peer Relationship, Drama, Computer Mediated Communication, Asynchronous Communication, Profiles, Revision (Written Composition), Goal Orientation, Positive Attitudes, Interpersonal Attraction, Ethnography, Research Design, Content Analysis, Selection, Criteria, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Risk, Humor, Social Behavior, Self Expression, Classification
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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