Ribeiro, J 2009, ‘The increase of the experiences of the self through the practice of multiple virtual identities’, Psychnology Journal,

Ribeiro, J 2009, ‘The increase of the experiences of the self through the practice of multiple virtual identities’, Psychnology Journal, 7, 3, pp. 291-302, Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost, viewed

Subject Terms:*

ONLINE identities
*VIRTUAL reality
*SOCIAL interaction
*INTERPERSONAL relations
*INTERPERSONAL communication

Author-Supplied Keywords:

Cyberspace
social interaction
virtual identity

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. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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