A literature review of online identity reconstruction

Huang, Jiao and Kumar, Sameer and Hu, Chuan (2021) A literature review of online identity reconstruction. Frontiers in Psychology, 12. ISSN 1664-1078, DOI https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.696552.

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The tremendous development of the Internet enables people to present themselves freely. Some people may reconstruct their identity on the Internet to build an online identity that is partly or even completely different from their real identity in the offline world. Given that research on online identity reconstruction is fragmented, it is important to evaluate the current state of the literature. In this paper, a review of literature related to online identity reconstruction was conducted. This study summarized the theoretical and methodological preferences of relevant research. In addition, it elaborated why and how people engage in online identity reconstruction. The predictors and effects of online identity reconstruction were also discussed. The results of this study provided an overview of the thematic patterns of existing research. This review also identified current research gaps and recommended possible directions for future studies.

Item Type: Article
Funders: National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (72001097), Education Department of Jiangxi Province (GL20207), Education Department of Jiangxi Province (JC20216), Universiti Malaya (RP020D - 14AFR), Universiti Malaya (UM.C/625/1/HIR/MOHE/SC/13/3)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Identity reconstruction; False self-presentation; Strategic self-presentation; Internet; Literature review
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & International) Office > Asia-Europe Institute
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 25 May 2022 02:34
Last Modified: 25 May 2022 02:34
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/27143

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