‘He has a way gayer Facebook than I do’ : investigating sexual identity disclosure and context collapse on a social networking site

Duguay, Stefanie (2014) ‘He has a way gayer Facebook than I do’ : investigating sexual identity disclosure and context collapse on a social networking site. New Media and Society.

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Abstract

This study extends previous research into social networking sites (SNSs) as environments that often reduce spatial, temporal, and social boundaries, which can result in collapsed contexts for social situations. Context collapse was investigated through interviews and Facebook walkthroughs with 27 LGBTQ young people in the United Kingdom. Since diverse sexualities are often stigmatized, participants’ sexual identity disclosure decisions were shaped by both the social conditions of their online networks and the technological architecture of SNSs. Context collapse was experienced as an event through which individuals intentionally redefined their sexual identity across audiences or managed unintentional disclosure. To prevent unintentional context collapse, participants frequently reinstated contexts through tailored performances and audience separation. These findings provide insight into stigmatized identity performances in networked publics while situating context collapse within a broader understanding of impression management, which paves the way for future research exploring the identity implications of everyday SNS use.

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ID Code: 76089
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: identity, context collapse, coming out, impression management, LGBTQ, self-presentation, sexuality, social media, social networking sites, stigma
DOI: 10.1177/1461444814549930
ISSN: 1461-4448
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Culture Gender Sexuality (200205)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Author
Deposited On: 09 Sep 2014 23:13
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2015 14:14

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