Self-Adolescent Identity

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INTRODUCTION The crucial challenge facing adolescents is one of self- definition and identity formation (Erikson (1968). As they proceed through a period of questioning (identity moratorium) to a phase of making commitments without crisis (identity achievement) their self-perceptions and social interactions enable to define their sense of ‘identity’. David Elkind (1967) discussed how people at this point of life experience egocentrism, which leads to self-consciousness due to the belief in an imaginary audience. An important developmental task for adolescents is their ability to self - disclose (Harter, 1999). The Internet provides adolescents with avenues to explore their identities and exchange intimate disclosures (Wolak, Mitchell and Finklehor, 2003). Adolescents engage in Social acuity, a perspective - taking ability to successfully create a desired impression. In recent years, the art of self-portraits has exploded into “the culture of selfies’. Selfie, a modern day tool for self-presentation, has turned into a global pop-culture phenomenon. According to his theory of the looking-glass, Cooley (1902) believes that individual’s self is created through the ideas and concepts that others have about them. His theory stated that people learn who they are from others and from their imagination of how they appear to others. As per his theory, people use the self as a mirror, and today, selfies are being utilized as mirrors. Rosenberg (1979) noted that Self–construction is

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