Negotiating adulthood : establishing an adult identity through offline and online social networks.

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Hurley, Dylan John.
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2015
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Thesis
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en-US
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Undergraduate research. , Undergraduate thesis.
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Many young adults are moving back home, putting off marriage and having fewer children than previous generations as an act of negotiating adulthood in a harsh socioeconomic climate. Social networking sites have increased in users and are spaces for connection and socializing. How are young adults defining adulthood in a context of rapid and complex societal and technological change? I interviewed fifteen young adults between the ages of 22 to 32. From these interviews I determined that young adults have a great amount of freedom in negotiating what markers are of importance and how to achieve them. They experience this type of freedom as a result of their class and the support of their family. Social networking sites are as a space for expression, however this behavior hasn't become common practice.
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i, 95 leaves.
Includes bibliographical references: leaves 88-90.
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Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.)
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