Intimacies of Digital Identity
The main objective of this chapter is to conduct a cross-platform analysis and identify disclosure patterns in three different social media platforms: Badoo, CouchSurfing, and Facebook. Drawing on Hogan’s (2010) exhibitionistic approach, in this chapter, user profiles are analysed as cultural artefacts, which are tools for self-(re)presentation and impression management. The observation of user profiles is combined with the interviews with participants where they explained which topics they disclosed online and considered intimate. After a definition of the concepts of self-disclosure and self-(re)presentation, the topics that participants frequently identified as intimate when interacting through social media (relationship status, sexual orientation, political and religious beliefs, sex, alcohol intake, and feelings) are discussed in depth.
KeywordsBadoo CouchSurfing Facebook Intimate information Online identity Social media
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