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PhD Project:

Understanding Youth and Online Social Networking

In my PhD project I am studying how Danish youngsters use social network sites as part of their everyday life. I am especially interested in how online and offline practices go together, which is something that characterises the way SNSs are used by youth. As several studies on online social networking have shown users do not distinguish between online and offline. The digital space should not be seen as a replacement, but rather a continuation of the physical space, which primarily supports pre-existing social relations or offline friends. Therefore, a sharp division between ‘online’ and ‘offline’ should not be made when studying online social networking and youth.

Based on this position, I am studying the online experiences of Danish young people between the age of 12 and 18 in order to understand what online social networking means to them and how social network sites are integrated as part of everyday life and how everyday life is represented and mediated in the digital space. Also, I am interested in analysing how young people – through their use of social network sites– are constructing themselves as young people.

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