Identity Construction on Facebook: The Case of ABES Students

Mee Jay Agustin Domingo

Abstract


Identity construction is a derivation from perceptions of others and oneself. The language and actuations of people form parts of the identity that they project (self-identity) and are constructed by others (social identity). This study aimed to provide a perspective on the creation of social identity on Facebook through the language codes used and topics discussed in the respondents’ Facebook newsfeeds. The researcher collected a total of 250 messages from the respondents’ accounts. A thematic analysis was carried out to highlight the identities projected by the respondents. Overall, seven social identities of the respondents emerged in the analyses. These are linguistic competence in L2, ability to fit in, patriotic sense, sense of openness, expressiveness, socialness, and religiosity.

Keywords


: identity representation; Facebook; identity projection; social identity

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