PsychNology Journal, Volume 7, Number 3, 291 - 302

The increase of the experiences of the self through the practice of multiple virtual identities

José Carlos Ribeiro
Federal University of Bahia, Brazil

 

ABSTRACT

This paper proposes some reflections concerning the process of creation of multiple virtual identities usually verified in several online social platforms of informal interaction based on textual/synchronous modality. With this intention, it discusses characterization, exploratory possibilities (personal and social-communicative) and reasons which lead users to execute such practice. In addition, it intends to identify possible relations between this procedure and the promotion of a dynamics of relationships distinguished in these computer-mediated communication environments. From this point of view, it defends the idea that there is a favourable context to the exercise of simultaneous social roles, decentred and not hierarchical, associated to more flexible identity constructions and more adjusted to contemporary society settings.

 

KEYWORDS

Cyberspace, social interaction, virtual identity.


CITE AS

Ribeiro, J.C. (2009). The increase of the experiences of the self through the practice of multiple virtual identities. PsychNology Journal, 7(3), 291 - 302. Retrieved [month] [day], [year], from www.psychnology.org

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