Young People's Understandings of Social Media : Changing Perceptions and Reflective Practices
The proliferation of social media coincides with the extension and individualisation of young people’s transitions to adulthood (Furlong & Cartmel, 1997), as well as with the expansion of education, an increasing mix of work and study and flexibility in the labour market, and the desynchronisation of young people's schedules (Woodman, 2012, Wyn & Woodman, 2014). It is also embedded in a wider economical context of assimilation of work and leisure, and increasing insecurity (Sennett, 1998 , Beck, 2001, Standing, 2011). Within this context, the research examines the impacts on young people's personal relationships of increased capacities for connectivity, self-management, peer scrutiny and checking practices that these technologies provide.
The research, in particular underlines the impacts of social media in young people's relationships in terms of social sorting (Bourdieu, 1984) and normalisation of scrutiny as well as entrepreneurial and reflective practices (Giddens, 1991, Kelly, 2006). It focuses on young people's understandings of social media and also importantly looks at the shifting perceptions, negotiations and legitimacies of their media practices in their everyday life.