Net-Based Identity and Body Image Among Young IRC-Gallery Users
Henna Mikkola, Merja-Maaria Oinas, Kari Kumpulainen, University of Oulu, Finland
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
In this era of CyberKids more and more of our communication is taking place online. That is why media education is needed and why teachers should be provided with more information about adolescents' online activities. The aim of the current online research was to investigate Finnish adolescents' body image, body image satisfaction and perceptions of their ideal body image. In addition, the way in which adolescents construct their identities by photos and nicknames was examined. The testees (N=9930) were 13-15-year-old users of IRC Gallery, the leading Finnish social networking forum on the Internet. The data was gathered by means of an online questionnaire, and the participants' nicknames (N=130) and photos (N=30) were analyzed. The findings indicate that young people share the issues they consider important in their lives on social networking sites. In addition, there is a contradiction between girls' concept of the ideal body in terms of culture (media-biased) vs personal understanding.
Mikkola, H., Oinas, M.M. & Kumpulainen, K. (2008). Net-Based Identity and Body Image Among Young IRC-Gallery Users. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3080-3085). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).