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Det perfekta jaget: Om ungdomar, normer och stress på sociala medier
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Social Work.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Social Work.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The perfect me : About adolescents, norms and stress at social networks (English)
Abstract [en]

This study aims to find out what relationship high school students have to social networks at the Internet. This has been done by focusing on norms/standards that adolescents can feel under stress to achieve, through stressing themselves by social networks in a way that is consistent with the norms. The empirical data has been gathered by questionnaires which have been answered by adolescents in randomly selected schools and classes in a medium size Swedish town, Karlskrona. The result showed that all of the participating adolescents have user accounts on a social network. Furthermore it also emerged that a lot of the adolescents thought that norms existed that should be followed in a social network about how to stress oneself. The norms were for example to write about things they are proud of, and to write in a way that is consistent to norms in the society. A few of the adolescents in the survey, said they experienced stress by living up to existing norms. However it is notable that a majority of the adolescents surveyed considered that other adolescents experienced stress for this reason.

The analysis in this study was made using the dramaturgical perspective of Erving Goffman and his perspective to stigma, and George Herbert Mead’s symbolic interactionism.

Finally a discussion of the findings of the study, the method used in the study and suggestions for further research are included.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 83 p.
Keyword [en]
social networks, norms, stress
Keyword [sv]
sociala medier, normer, stress
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-21148OAI: diva2:543961
Subject / course
Social Work
Educational program
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-08-22 Created: 2012-08-12 Last updated: 2012-08-22Bibliographically approved

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