Growing up on Facebook

Brady Robards, Sian Lincoln

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Growing up in the era of social media isn’t easy. With Facebook now having existed for more than a decade and a half, young people who have grown up using social media can look back and see earlier versions of themselves staring back: nostalgic moments with friends from school, reminders of painful breakups, birthdays and graduations, posts that allude to drama with family, experiences of travel, and blurry drunken photos. How do we make sense of our own personal histories inscribed on and through social media? What are the implications for future careers, for public trust in social media companies, and for our own memories?

Growing up on Facebook examines the role of Facebook, and other social media platforms that have emerged around Facebook, in mediating experiences of 'growing up' for young people. Based on interviews with the first generation of young people to grow up with social media, the book covers education and employment, love and relationships, family life, and leisure (drinking, travel, and music). It touches on processes of impression management, privacy, context collapse, and control, and raises critical questions about the standards we hold social media platforms to, as they become the guardians of our personal histories.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherPeter Lang Publishing
Number of pages209
ISBN (Electronic)9781433142772
ISBN (Print)9781433142758, 9781433142741
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameThe Digital Formations
PublisherPeter Lang


  • social media
  • youth
  • Facebook

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