Being strategic and taking control: Bedrooms, social network sites and the narratives of growing up

Sian Lincoln, Brady Jay Robards

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Despite being distinct, online social spaces are governed by norms and conventions reminiscent of those that govern offline social spaces. Our research into the ways young people’s ‘private’ or ‘quasi-private’ spaces are managed indicates that the strategies used to exert a sense of control over sites like Facebook borrow heavily from the strategies employed to manage offline private spaces like the teenage bedroom. In this article, we explore these continuities and then consider the limitations of applying a bedroom metaphor to online social spaces. We then consider how these strategies of control are related to a process of ‘marking out’ the narrative of ‘growing up’ both in online and offline social spaces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)927-943
Number of pages17
JournalNew Media and Society
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Bedroom metaphor
  • bedrooms
  • growing up
  • identity
  • social network sites
  • strategies of control
  • young people

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