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Internet and Teens’ Identity Formation: A Pilot Research in a Greek Secondary School Class

Fenia Frangoulidou.

Drawing on responses given by pupils, the paper investigates the issue of identity formation through the Internet. It will address questions such as: what is the utility of the Internet for its many and varied teenager users? What do they use it for? What is the outcome when a new media technology like the Internet, meets well-established patterns of life and interaction, meaning and value?

Much of the discussion about the Internet tends to focus on its implications for the construction of the self, either in a negative way (pointing to Internet’s destructive features) or in a positive one (focusing on its liberating potential; being someone truly himself). In this context, I will present the first outcomes of a pilot research conducted in a high school class in Greece. Using e-questionnaires and interviews, the research seeks to enhance our understanding of pupils identity and learning in relation to the Internet and, also, to contribute to the reassessment of some widespread notions regarding the deleterious effects of media on contemporary youth.


Fenia Frangoulidou  (Greece)
PhD student
Faculty of Philosophy and Education
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Mr Frangoulidou is a PhD candidate at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). She is holding a Master degree in Cultural Studies (Goldsmiths college) and her current interests include: Internet, youth issues (notions of self, identity construction) and media.

  • Internet
  • Teenagers
  • Identity formation

(30 min Conference Paper, English)