Identity in Communities and Networks

Online fandoms provide a space for young people to build an identity that they cannot express in real life

Abstract: Growing up and navigating teenage life can be hard for most young people. Trends and interests change each day and it can be difficult to find people and space in real life to discuss niche interests and feel accepted. This is where online fan communities can be helpful for teens to express their interests without shame and build an identity and form friendships. Keywords: Twitter fandom, online friendship, bedroom analogy Traditionally, communities exist in the physical world, be Read more [...]