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Vem vill jag vara idag?: En kvantitativ studie om ungdomars framställande av sig själva på Facebook
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Who would I be today? : A quantitative study on young people'srepresentations of themselves on Facebook (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to investigate how young people present themselves on Facebook. We wanted to find out what young people saw as important to showcase and share of herself on Facebook. Further investigated what differences existed between boys and girls ' representation and whether their use of Facebook can be linked to their social capital in the form of their friends on Facebook. A total of 121 young people participated from two different high schools in our survey, where they had to answer questions about the 13 different their use of Facebook, which had links to the study questions.

The results showed that the chat feature was by far the most important feature for young people on Facebook. Photos were the second most important feature for them, it was something more important for girls than boys, to present themselves by pictures. It was also somewhat more common that girls wanted to look stylish out on the pictures they shared. Guys, in turn, thought it was more important to write status updates.

We could not see any correlation between the number of friends on Facebook and intensity on Facebook. To "like" someone's text or image was the most common response to give and receive. The conclusions that can be drawn based on the results of the study, is that the young people's representations mainly takes place via pictures on Facebook. The girls thought it was more important to look good on their pictures, we interpret as it can be explained by the gender norms that exist in society, where girls ' body and appearance are often more in focus.

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna studie var att undersöka hur ungdomar framställer sig på Facebook. Vi ville ta reda på vilka delar ungdomarna såg som viktiga att visa upp och dela med av sig själv på Facebook. Vidare undersöktes vilka skillnader som fanns mellan killars och tjejers framställande och om deras användande av Facebook kan kopplas till deras sociala kapital i form av Facebookvänner.

Sammanlagt deltog 121 ungdomar från två olika gymnasieskolor i vår enkätundersökning, där de fick svara på 13 olika frågor angående deras användande av Facebook, som hade koppling till studiens frågeställningar.

Resultatet visade att chattfunktionen var den överlägset viktigaste funktionen för ungdomarna på Facebook. Bilder var den näst viktigaste funktionen för dem, det var något viktigare för tjejer än killar att framställa sig själva genom bilder. Det var även något vanligare att tjejer ville se snygga ut på de bilder de delade med sig av. Killarna, i sin tur, tyckte att det var mer något viktigare att skriva statusuppdateringar.

Vi kunde inte se några samband mellan antalet Facebookvänner och intensitet på Facebook. Att "gilla" någons text eller bild var den vanligaste responsen att ge och få.

De slutsatser som kan dras utifrån studiens resultat, är att ungdomars framställande främst sker via bilder på Facebook. Att tjejer ansåg att det var viktigare att se bra ut på sina bilder, tolkar vi som att det kan förklaras genom de könsnormer som finns i samhället, där tjejers kropp och utseende ofta är mer i fokus.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 31 p.
Keyword [en]
Social media, Facebook, young people
National Category
Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-8143Local ID: ESC500OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-8143DiVA: diva2:854597
Subject / course
Social pedagogy
Educational program
Socialpedagogik
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Available from: 2015-09-21 Created: 2015-09-17 Last updated: 2015-09-21Bibliographically approved

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