Identity in Communities and Networks

Need for Validation: Visual Social Media and Influencer Identities Promotion of Unrealistic Expectations for Adolescent Females

Abstract: The evolution of technology and social media has transformed the ways adolescents communicate and portray themselves. Social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat and most recently TikTok, heavily rely on visual affordances in the portrayal of user identities. The emergence of influencers is made possible through these visual affordances, as everyday users can build a strong following portraying themselves through images. However, these visual representations of identity online may Read more [...]